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Professor, Penn State

Dr. Guangqing Chi’s research is focused on socio-environmental systems, aiming to understand the interactions between human populations and built and natural environments and to identify important assets (social, environmental, infrastructural, institutional) to help vulnerable populations adapt and become resilient to environmental changes. His current work investigates climate change impacts on coastal communities in the Arctic and climate-driven migration and left-behind children in Central Asia. He is an expert in spatial and big data analytic methods and lead author of the textbook “Spatial Regression Models for the Social Sciences” (SAGE 2019). Dr. Chi leads the POLARIS project and the establishment of an infrastructure for collecting and analyzing social media data (60+ TB; Twitter, Facebook, mobile phone).


  • –present
    Professor, Pennsylvania State University


  • 2006 
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD in Environmental Demography