Research Methods in Geographic Information Systems & Science:
Studying Spaces, Cities, and Stories

Introduction to GIS (Fall 2012, Spring 2017) and Geographic Information Systems (Fall 2017, Fall 2018), taught in the Urban Planning program of Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), are introductory courses on human and physical geography, information systems, and data-driven spatial research methodologies, within the context of questions relevant to working in urban environments.

GIS Methods & Case Studies (Fall 2013), taught in the Urban Studies Program at Barnard College, is an undergraduate introductory GIS course designed around using spatial data in pragmatic use-case scenarios culminating in a final student-directed research report.

Featured here are excerpts from example student projects from each course.

 

Alanna Browdy, Rebecca Cook, and Helen Pierson. “Voter Disenfranchisement in Georgia (2018).”

(GIS, Fall 2018)

 

Alexandra Burkhardt and Maria Palomares. “Redefining the 50-mile Radius.”

(GIS, Fall 2018)

 

Hsin Yi Chao, Richard Chou, and Angela Crisostomo. “Ecometrics: New Methods of Representation for Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity.”

(GIS, Fall 2018)

 

Christine Ghossoub, Jade Watkins, and Gizem Karagoz. “Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability in NYC.”

(GIS, Fall 2018)

 

Camille Esquivel & Sean Nelson. "Missing Migrants in 2017."

(GIS, Fall 2017)

 

Caitlin Bone, Madeline Entrikin, and Shelby Smith. "Care. No Matter Where." 

(GIS, Fall 2017)

 

Gloria Serra Coch & Kenneth Warner. "Senior-Friendly NYC: Senior Access to Senior Centers."

(GIS, Fall 2017)

 

Betsy Daniel, Donovan Dunkley, & Niomi Shah. "DDS Vulnerability Scale: an Analysis of the Potential Effect a Hurricane Can Have on a Coastal City."

(GIS, Fall 2017)

 

Nick Kunz. "Proportionalities: a Decade of Housing Markets to Subway Stations in Manhattan from 2006 to 2016."

(GIS, Fall 2017)

 

Tola Oniyangi & Joan Zhang. "Citi Bike's Network & Accessibility."

(Introduction to GIS, Spring 2017)

 

Allison Schwartz. "Macro vs Micro: Recent Population Change in Atlanta." 

(Introduction to  GIS, Fall 2012) 

 

Rebecca Noble. "Subway Accessibility: An Analysis of NYC Subway Stations' ADA-Accessibility and their Surrounding Demographics."

(Introduction to GIS, Spring 2017)

 

Somala Diby. "Race and Gentrification in New York City."

(GIS Methods & Case Studies, Fall 2013)