Research Project

Spatial and demographic context and implications of uneven population change

Depopulation affects service and infrastructure provision, quality of life, and the long-term social, demographic, and economic viability of communities and regions. It is also likely to disproportionately affect some groups more than others. The main objective of this project is to increase knowledge about the geography and pervasiveness of population decline in United States, the characteristics of those living in depopulating areas, and the demographic change occurring in locations losing population. The investigation will show how declining areas differ from growing areas in terms of demographic characteristics as well as recent change in those characteristics. The project will involve geographical information systems (GIS), descriptive analysis, and spatial regression models and exploratory spatial statistics.