Visitors in the 2019-20 Academic Year

Karina Acosta Ordonez, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Karina Acosta is a PhD student in the field of Regional Science with minor in Demography at Cornell University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as a researcher at the Center for Regional Economic Studies at the Central Bank of Colombia. She has a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). Her research focuses on poverty, spatial statistics and population dynamics.

Karina Acosta Ordonez

Pedro Amaral, PhD

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Associate Professor, Department of Economics (Cedeplar/FACE), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Pedro Amaral is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is Chair of the Latin America Division of Regional Studies Association (RSA) and Deputy Secretary of the Brazilian National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Urban and Regional Planning (ANPUR).

Pedro Amaral

Yandong Cao, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yandong Cao is a PhD student in Economics at the Renmin University of China. His research focuses on firm efficiency and innovation, industrial development, land policy and applied econometrics. He has a BA in Physics from Lanzhou University and an MA in Economics from the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC (National Academy of Governance).

Yandong Cao

Hengyu Gu, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Hengyu Gu is a PhD student in regional economics at Peking University. His research interests include population geography, urban computation, regional economic analysis and urban planning. Before starting his PhD, he completed a bachelor's degree in geographic information science (GIS) at South China Normal University. He applies spatial econometrics to empirical studies -- so far, he has published over 20 articles. At present, he is working on a project re. the National Academy of Innovation Strategy about the intention of highly skilled workers to migrate in China.

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Hengyu Gu

Firat Gündem, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Firat Gündem, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Dokuz Eylül University in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics in Izmir, Turkey.

Firat Gündem

Luciana Luciana Soares Luz do Amaral, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Luciana Soares Luz do Amaral is an Associate Professor in the Department of Demography (Cedeplar/FACE) at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Her research interests include demography of education, economic demography,  and the intersection between population dynamics and public policy.

Luciana Soares Luz do Amaral

Robert Manduca, PhD

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor

Robert is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor. He received his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University. His research focuses on the economic outcomes of people and places: why some cities and regions do well while others do poorly, and when individuals are and are not able to benefit from economic growth. Before starting his PhD he completed a Masters in City Planning and worked as a consultant on fair lending regulation.

Robert Manduca

Hamza Rarou, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Hamza Rarou holds a B.A. and M.A. in Commercial Engineering from the Solvay Business School of the Free University of Brussels. He is currently pursuing a PhD in applied economics at the same university. His research interest revolves around spatial production networks and their impact on economic development. 

Hamza Rarou

Caterina Schiavoni, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Caterina Schiavoni is a PhD student in Econometrics at Maastricht University and Statistics Netherlands. Her research focuses on time series methods for the production of official statistics, and on panel data methods to model air pollutants. Before starting her PhD, she completed an internship in data analysis at the United Nations Refugee Agency. She has a M.Sc. in Econometrics from Maastricht University, and a B.Sc. in Statistics from Sapienza – Università di Roma (Italy).

Caterina Schiavoni