Mei-Po Kwan


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.SoSci. Geography, Chinese University of Hong Kong

I am a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science. My research addresses health, social, transportation, and environmental issues in urban areas through the application of innovative GIS methods. I am interested in understanding how social differences (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and religion) shape urban residents' everyday experiences and perceptions/use of the built environment. My research interests include environmental health, human mobility, access to healthcare, neighborhood  effects, sustainable travel and cities, and application of GIS methods in geographic research. I have received over $24 million grants as PI or Co-PI from sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. I am currently Editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and the book series entitled “SAGE Advances in Geographic Information Science and Technology.”

I have received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors (2011) and the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award (2016) from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award (2005), the Edward L. Ullman Award from the AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group (2005), and the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award (2016) from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. I was recognized in 2009 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2016 I was named a Guggenheim fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

I have published 31 edited or co-edited volumes (including two encyclopedias, five books and 24 journal special issues) and over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. I have delivered over 170 keynote addresses and invited lectures in 18 countries. I have served as an advisory panelist or reviewer of grant proposals for 14 U.S. National Science Foundation programs, U.S. National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Australian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, Research Foundation of Flanders, Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Swiss National Science Foundation.

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