University of Colorado at Boulder

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Seth Spielman

Urban Geography, Medical Geography, Spatial Statistics, GIScience

Assistant Professor of Geography 

Human Geography | GIScience
Affiliate of IBS
303-492-4877 Gugg 103C  
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2008

Research Interests

As an urban geographer and an urban planner I study cities. Cities are complex and I am especially interested in developing geographic measures and techniques that provide insight into the varied nature of urban life. I study how measures of the urban environment can be used to evaluate policy, assess the impact of urban development, and make inferences about the associations between the character of neighborhoods and peoples well-being. My hope is that progress on academic questions about the measurement of cities will support progressive and innovative urban policy. Quantitative geographic descriptions of the urban landscape are inherently “mappable” and my research is strongly informed by developments in Geographic Information Science and spatial statistics.

Selected Publications

Spielman, S.E. and Yoo, E-H. (2009). The Spatial Dimensions of Neighborhood Effects. Social Science and Medicine, 68(6).

Erdemir, E. T., Batta R., Spielman S. E., Rogerson P., et. al. (2008). Optimization of aeromedical base locations in New Mexico. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40(3) .

Spielman, S.E. and Thill, J.C. (2008). Social Area Analysis, Data Mining, and GIS. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, 32(2) .

Spielman, S. E. (2006). Appropriate use of the K-function in Urban Environments (Letter). American Journal of Public Health, 96(2).

Spielman, S.E., Golembeski, C.A., Northridge, M.E., et al. (2006). Interdisciplinary Planning for Healthier Communities: Findings from the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative. Journal of the American Planning Association, 72(1). .

Recent Courses Include

Spring 2014  GEOG 4023/5023 (4) Quantitative Methods

Graduate Students

spatial analysis, human environment
landscape and historiography
remote sensing; GIS; programming
land-use change; spatial demography; sustainable urbanism; GIScience