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Dr. Li’s primary research areas include Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, environmental health, and social inequality. Her research involves topics on socioeconomic inequalities, health and health care disparities, obesity, retail location analysis, environmental pollution and cancer outbreak, as well as geospatial modeling.

Her current research focus on: 1) the interactions between social and environmental disparities and children’s behaviors, psychosocial well beings, and weight status; 2) impacts of social network on dietary behaviors and participation in physical activity; 3) food environment assessment (e.g. food retailers, community/youth gardens); 4) environmental pollution and health disparity in China; and 5) geospatial modeling (e.g. multilevel modeling, agent-based model, residual kriging).

Yingru Li received her Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems at University of Cincinnati (2006) and obtained her Ph.D. degree in Geography at University of Utah (2012).  Before joining UCF in August 2015, she spent three years on the geography faculty at Auburn University.

Research Interests:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Social and environmental inequality
Health disparities
Obesity
Retail location analysis
Environmental pollution and water quality
Geospatial modeling

Spring 2018

SYA 3352.0001 – Spatial Sociology I:  Intro to GIS – Tuesday 6:00-8:50 – Main Campus

SYA 6458 – Advanced GIS Topic – Thursday 6:00 – 8:50 – Main Campus

Spring 2018

Tuesday 1:00-4:00

Researching Toward a Healthier Community

A paper recently published by Yingru Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of Geographical Information Systems at the University of Central Florida’s Department of Sociology, assessed an issue of great importance in... Read more

Fighting Inequality with GIS

Representing the UCF Department of Sociology is Yingru Li, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). With a family background deeply rooted in geography, it was no surprise that D... Read more

New Faculty Brings GIS Innovation to UCF

Starting this fall, Scott Branting, Ph.D., Timothy Hawthorne Ph.D. and Yingru Li, Ph.D. joined UCF’s GIS cluster. GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems or Geographic Information Science. It is a po... Read more

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