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

Dr Li’s primary research areas include Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial statistics, environmental health, and economic/urban geography. Her research involves topics on socioeconomic inequalities, health and health care disparities, childhood obesity, retail location analysis and planning, water quality and environmental pollution, as well as geospatial modeling.

Her current research focuses on: 1) the interactions between social and environmental injustices and children’s behaviors, psychosocial well beings, and weight status in southern rural area; 2) heavy metal contamination and the impacts on public health; 3) regional inequality, industrial restructuring, and spatial agglomeration in China; and 4) geospatial modeling.

Research Interests:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Socioeconomic inequality
Health and health care disparities
Childhood obesity
Retail location analysis
Environmental pollution and water quality
Spatial-temporal 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

Fall 2017

Wednesday 11:00 – 2:00

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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