Dr. Guangqing Chi is an professor of rural sociology and demography and director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core of the Population Research Institute and the Social Science Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chi is an environmental and spatial demographer. His teaching interests are in demography, spatial analysis, population and environment, social statistics, and transportation and society. His program of research examines the interactions between the human population and the built and natural environment upon which we all depend. He pursues this objective through two interwoven areas of research: climate change, land use, and community resilience; and critical infrastructure/transportation, population change, and population health within the smart cities framework. The two areas of research build upon his methodological strengths in computational and spatial analysis and spatial demography.

Dr. Chi's research has been supported through grants from national and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and U.S. Department of Transportation. He has published 50+ articles in internationally prestigious journals. His research on gasoline prices and traffic safety has been highlighted more than 2,000 times by various news media outlets, such as National Public Radio, Money, and Huffington Post.

Research Interests

Environmental & Natural Resources; Community, Regional & International Development; Population Processes & Change


  • Ph.D., Environmental Demography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • M.S., Environmental Policy, Michigan Technological University, 2002
  • B.S., Environmental Science, East China Normal University, 1999