Jing Yao

Jing Yao

Senior Lecturer (Urban Studies)


Senior Lecturer (Urban Studies), School of Social & Political Sciences

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Dr Jing Yao (姚 静) joined UBDC as a lecturer in Urban Big Data and Quantitative Methods in October 2014. She has a PhD in Geography and an MSc in Industrial Engineering both from Arizona State University (ASU), USA. She also has an MSc degree and a BSc degree in Geographical Information System (GIS) from Nanjing University, China. Previously she worked as a postdoctoral associate at GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at ASU in the US and a research fellow at Centre for Geoinformatics at the University of St Andrews in the UK.

Research interests

Jing’s research interests cover a wide range of areas in geographic information science, including spatial analysis, spatial statistics, spatial modeling, and spatial optimization, etc. Currently, she focuses on developing quantitative methods for spatially integrated analysis and modeling and particularly their applications in social science and health research. Also, she is interested in spatial optimization and decision making, including facility location modeling, regionalization and land-use optimization.

  • Geographical Information Science
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Spatial Optimization
  • Location Modeling
  • Health Geography
  • Regional Science
  • Urban and Regional Planning and development