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Week of September 25th, 2017

Each Wednesday, Geography & GIS will distribute this newsletter to our faculty, students, postdocs/visiting scholars, and staff. Please send any news, announcements, and citations to by noon on Monday for publication in same week’s newsletter.


Thursday, September 28th, 12:00 p.m.
1062 NHB - CyberGIS Studio
CyberGIS Brown Bag: Candace Frame (BA, Geography, 1972) | RSVP required

Illinois Geography alumna and geospatial data expert Candace Frame will discuss:

  • Intelligence Community Agencies
  • Definition of GEOINT (Geospatial Intelligence)
  • Community partners with geospatial interests/needs
  • NGA Workforce and specialty occupations
  • Data sources and sample projects

Friday, September 29th, *2:00 p.m., refreshments at 1:30*
2049 NHB - Russell Seminar Room
GGIS Colloquium: Rebecca Shakespeare - Understanding the Causal Factors Influencing Residential Mobility and Perceived Housing Affordability for Middle Income Renters

How and where do middle-income people live in unaffordable cities, where their housing costs are greater than 30% of their income? Why do financially stable individuals select housing with high cost burdens? High housing-cost-to-income ratios are typically associated with low-income groups, and policies designed to address this mismatch specifically target those groups. However, with neoliberal housing policies driving increasing urban housing costs in many cities, housing cost burden and affordability now concerns middle income groups, too. This study will take a broad view of the dynamics of how and where middle-income residents live in cities in the context of neighborhood change and high housing costs. Using individual residential paths and contextually-situated perceptions of neighborhood change and affordability, this project will identify the perceived causes of residential mobility and immobility considering individuals’ situations in addition to their spatial and temporal context. By looking at processes of urban housing through narratives of middle-income residential mobility decisions within the New York City, this research will identify perceived impacts of the commodification of urban housing on middle-income household spatial distribution in cities.


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Graduate Students

PhD student Arrianna Planey has been named a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. As part of the program, she will research how health policy influences healthcare provider location decisions in the United States, thus affecting healthcare service availability for consumers. Her work considers the political economy of healthcare systems and its effects at multiple scales- from the state level to the space of the clinic.

American Geographical Society (AGS) Council Fellowship - Now accepting applications for 2018
Deadline: November 1
The AGS Council Fellowship program supports graduate students in pursuit of geographic research, especially research that includes a field component. The fellowship is open to all graduate students who are members of the Society. Each fellowship is worth $1,500 and four will be awarded in the Spring.

West Lakes Regional Division meeting of the American Association of Geographers
October 19-21 at Missouri State University-West Plains

Geography & GIS will pay the registration fee for graduate students who attend, if you are willing to staff a booth with information about our department and its graduate programs. Dr. Julie Cidell will cover transportation, but you are responsible for lodging and meals. The conference usually has about 150 to 200 people and is a great opportunity to get to know what's going on in regional universities or liberal arts colleges. As further incentive, the best student paper at the conference (one Master's and one Ph.D.) will receive $1,000 towards the AAG 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Please contact Dr. Cidell by Thursday, September 28th (registration deadline is October 5th) with any questions, or if you are interested in attending.

Our department, in conjunction with the Unit for Criticism, has established a graduate student exchange program with the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
It is a beautiful university nestled along the Neckar River and the mountains in Central Germany. It also has a superb American Studies program (complemented by great Geography, Urban Studies, Cinema, and Literature departments). As we begin the exchange, there is an opportunity for you to visit and study at Heidelberg this upcoming Spring semester. We can help you make all the arrangements, should you be interested. You would not have to pay any money to the University of Heidelberg, your registration would take place at UIUC, and you can go there to study (and play). All classes are taught in English and the University of Heidelberg welcomes US an other international students.

The Spring 2018 semester at the University of Heidelberg begins a bit later than ours, so please note the dates:

  • March 1st: Recommended arrival (for students participating in the pre-semester language course)
  • March 5th–29th: Preparatory German language course (80 hours of Instruction)
  • April 10–12: Orientation for all new international students
  • April 16–July 28: Lecture period

Please contact Dr. David Wilson ( if you are interested in this exchange program.


Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Howard Roepke Scholarships recipients!

Academic Scholarships
Tyler Blackwell
Collin Schuricht (sophomore)

Research Scholarships
Steven Chang
(senior) | project supervisor: Dr. Julie Cidell
Steven will assist with Dr. Cidell's research on transportation patterns among mainly international students in a large university setting.

Jerry Huey (senior) | project supervisor: Dr. Chunyuan Diao
Jerry will assist with Dr. Diao's remote sensing research, to identify an invasive species in the Rio Grande in Texas.

Sijia Wang (senior) | project supervisor: Dr. Julie Cidell
Sijia will assist with Dr. Cidell's research on local government and urban sustainability in Melbourne, Australia.


Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Sang Gyoo Yoon, Seryoung Park, Tae-Jeong Kim, Kijin Kim and Kurt Kratena (2017) “Unraveling the Household Heterogeneity in Regional Economic Models: Some Important Challenges,” in Randall Jackson and Peter Schaeffer (eds) Regional Research Frontiers, Heidelberg, Springer, pp. 23-47.

Euijune Kim, Geoffrey Hewings and Hidayat Amir, (2017) “Economic Evaluation of Transportation Projects: an Application of Financial Computable General Equilibrium Model,” Research in Transportation Economics, 61, 44-55.

Euijune Kim, Geoffrey J.D. Hewings and Changkeun Lee (2017) “Dynamic Impact of Population Ageing on Regional Economies in Korea Using a Recursive-Dynamic Interregional CGE-Population Model, “ in Amitrajeet A. Batabyal and Peter Nijkamp (eds) Regional Growth and Sustainable Development in Asia (Heidelberg, Springer) pp. 201-219

Park, Y.M. and Kwan, M.-P. (2017) Individual Exposure Estimates May be Erroneous When Spatiotemporal Variability of Air Pollution and Human Mobility are Ignored. Health & Place, 43: 85-94.

Zengkai Zhang, Kunfu Zhu, Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2017) “A multi-regional input–output analysis of the pollution haven hypothesis from the perspective of global production fragmentation,” Energy Economics, 64 13–23