Joseph Danko

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


Joseph Danko 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 (UConn). He specializes in utilizing GIScience to analyze socioeconomic issues in a spatial context, focusing particularly on cities, urban design, place promotion, demographic change, economic development, real estate, and human-environmental interactions.

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). He recently completed a project funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation analyzing the impact of a newly constructed bus rapid transit system on real estate in the Hartford-New Britain area (Cohen and Danko, 2017). His dissertation focused on the socioeconomic impact of destination redevelopments (e.g., theaters, sports arenas, casinos, museums and other civic attractions) in Detroit and Las Vegas between 1990 and 2010 (Danko and Hanink, 2017).

Joseph joins John Logan’s NIH-funded research team focused on developing historically accurate GIS maps of 1880-1940 census microdata. He is currently writing a book about this process. He looks forward to building off his existing teaching experience at UConn (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 in Fall 2017.

Selected Publications

DANKO III, J.J. and Hanink, D.M. Forthcoming. “Beyond the Obvious: A Comparison of Some Demographic Changes across Selected Shrinking and Growing Cities in the United States from 1990 to 2010.” Population, Space and Place.

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.

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


Big data, Cities, Data analytics, Demographic change, Economic development, GIScience applications, Human-environmental interactions, Place promotion, Real estate, Socioeconomic issues in a spatial context, Urban design