Visiting Scholars in the 2021-22 Academic Year

Pedro Herrera-Catalán

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Pedro Herrera-Catalán is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). He holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from the Catholic University of Peru. His research interests focus on industrial agglomeration, network externalities, and spatial interaction modelling. He is currently working on research that involves a sensitivity analysis of scale effects in origin-destination flow models using linear and nonlinear estimation methods.


James Keane

Atlas Spatial Data Science RA

James is a second-year graduate student pursuing an MSc in Statistics. He aims to use data driven techniques to make inferences on the relationships of societal factors and environmental phenomena.


Alexander Lehner, Ph.D.

Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Bologna
Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Alexander Lehner is a research fellow in economics at the University of Bologna focusing on the classic question of why some countries are rich and others not.  He won the Young Researcher Prize of the Regional Science Association International in 2018. His research agenda is on the intersection of spatial economics and economic development, touching upon urbanization/agglomeration, migration, fertility, and the roots of gender inequality. 


Qiwei Lin

HEROP Data Engineer RA

Qiwei Lin is a candidate for the Masters in Computational Analysis for Public Policy (MSCAPP) with a focus on machine learning, international development, urban and health science. His research interests include how to combine novel data sources and machine learning methods to inform the allocation of social support resources and to improve the measurement of development outcomes in countries where reliable official statistics are lacking. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Political Science from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.


Jenny (Qiyun) Ni

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Jenny (Qiyun) Ni is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago. She is currently double majoring in economics and statistics and is interested in social science research.


Sinduri Soundararajan

Atlas Design & Communications RA

Sinduri is a fourth-year student studying Public Policy, Environmental Studies, and GIS at the College and working towards her Master in Public Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy. She is excited to build on her passion for environmental justice and information accessibility by working on design and communications for the US COVID Atlas project.


Andrew Warfield

Atlas Spatial Data Science RA

Andrew Warfield is a student in the Master in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) at the Harris School of Public Policy. Previously, Andrew was a Research Data Analyst for the Center for Geospatial Sciences at the University of California Riverside. He holds a bachelors in Public Policy from UC Riverside.