Joseph Danko

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies and Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4)


Joseph Danko specializes in utilizing GIScience to analyze socioeconomic issues in a spatial context, focusing particularly on those related to urban areas, demographic change, economic development and real estate.

Prior to joining Brown, he worked on an NSF-funded research study examining socio-ecological dimensions of urban forest loss associated with an invasive species outbreak in central Worcester County (Danko et al. 2016). As a consultant, he helped monitor the geographic variations in the status of aquifer storage and recovery across the United States (Bloetscher et al. 2014; Bloetscher et al. 2015). He also recently completed the first of at least a two-phase project funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation analyzing the impact of a newly constructed bus rapid transit system on real estate and urban economic development in the Hartford-New Britain area (Cohen and Danko, 2017).

His dissertation work focused on the socioeconomic impact of destination redevelopments (e.g., theatres, sports arenas, casinos, museums and other civic attractions) in Detroit and Las Vegas between 1990 and 2010. This research earned him the 2016 NESTVAL Graduate Student Paper Competition Award and a publication in a special issue of the Journal of Urban Design, as well as invitations by journal and book editors to publish other aspects of this project.

Joseph joins John Logan’s research team that is developing historically accurate 1880-1940 census microdata and associated GIS maps. He looks forward to building off his existing teaching experience at the University of Connecticut (e.g., Real Estate Market Analysis under the direction of John Clapp) by co-teaching Spatial Data Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences with Dr. Logan.

He is currently writing a book focused on the process of creating historically accurate GIS datasets linked to supplemental sources (e.g., census data), particularly focusing on addressing issues related to GIScience, computer programming and project/team management. 

Joseph holds a B.A. in Geography (2013) and M.S. in Geographic Information Science (2014) from Clark University and a Ph.D. in Geography (2017) from the University of Connecticut.

Selected Publications

DANKO III, J.J., Hanink, D.M. 2017. “Evaluating the Local Socioeconomic Impact of Redevelopments using Shift-Share Analysis: A Case Study of Destination Redevelopments in Las Vegas (1990-2010).” Special Issue: Urban Transformations, Journal of Urban Design 22(3): 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2017.1281733.

DANKO III, J.J., DeLauer, V., Martin, D., Rogan, J. 2016. “Asian Longhorned Beetle Outbreak in Worcester, Massachusetts: A History of Urban Forestry Practices.” The Northeastern Geographer 8: 1-21.

Bloetscher, F., Sham, C.H., DANKO III, J.J., Ratick, S. 2014. “Lessons Learned from Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Systems in the United States.” Journal of Water Resource and Protection 6: 1603-1629. Published online November 2014 in Scientific Research. DOI: 10.4236/jwarp.2014.617146.

Joseph's CV


Data analytics, Demographic change, Economic development, GIScience applications, Real estate, Socioeconomic issues in a spatial context, Urban areas