Saint Louis University


Geospatial Science Research and Innovation Lab (GeoSRI)
Principal Investigator: J.S. Onésimo Sandoval

This research lab supports: "R", "STATA", "SAS" and "SPSS" programming as well as numerous geo-spatial mapping and related programs with applications across disciplines and areas of specialization in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Research Projects:

The GeoSRI lab explores the intersection of spatial statistics, demography, inequality, policy, and justice. Of special interest to the lab is the role that cutting-edge geoinformatics and computational spatial science can play in exploring the relationship between quality of life, social inequality, space, and justice.

The GeoSRI Lab:

The lab is located on the 3rd floor of Morrissey Hall with 26 high powered computers. Students can strengthen their educational and professional skills in the GeoSRI Lab as they learn to use cutting-edge research technology for computational spatial science. The GeoSRI lab will provide students with a toolkit of skills for academic and professional research. Students that work in the GeoSRI lab will have an enhanced understanding of computational spatial science for social, economic, and environmental data.

Research projects include:

1. The intersection of neighborhood demographic transitions and racial inequality
2. Spatial Segregation in American Cities
3. Latino demographic trends
4. Demographic analysis of immigrant mobility
5. Journey-To-Crime spatial models
6. Spatial analysis of food deserts
7. The spatial hierarchy cities: a computational approach to measure spatial inequality
8. A spatial analysis of warrants in Saint Louis County: Municipal Courts, Race, and Place
9. Urban heat island effects and socio-environmental inequality in humid environments: a case study in the St. Louis Metropolitan region

More information on some of the projects can be found here.

Students working on current research projects in the Lab:

Kaelin Bernier (Biology)
Renee Dunham (Sociology)
Alex Makhailov (Economics)
Ryan Norrenberns (Sociology)
Abdalla Mohamed (Public and Social Policy)
Bu Qingyu (Sociology)

Former Students:

Josh Buechler
Kirsten Butcher
Minghao Gao
Melissa Garcia
Nicholas Ignjatovic
Andrea Lebb
Tammy Mueller
Erin Murphy

The department also offers a minor in GIS to all undergraduate students.