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Yongmei Lu

yongmei lu

Professor & Associate Dean of Research
Ph.D., Geography, SUNY Buffalo, 2001
Office:   ELA 361
Phone:  512.245.1337
Vita       HB2504 information
Research Interests:  GIScience, Urban and Regional Analysis, Health and Medical Geography, Crime Geography

Recent Publications (selected)


Lu, Y. and E. Delmelle (eds) 2020. Geospatial Technologies for Urban Health. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. ISBN: 978-3-030-19572-4 (print), 978-3-030-19573-1 (eBook)

Showalter, P.S. and Y. Lu (eds) 2010. Geospatial Techniques in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis. Springer, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-90-481-2237-0 (print), 978-90-481-2238-7(eBook)


 (*indicating graduate students or post-doc fellows at the time of research and/or paper writing)

Y. Lu, N. Ekeanyanwu, and D. Blanchard. 2023. Untangling the myth of flood risk and mitigation in affluent inland urban neighborhood – A case study of the Onion Creek Neighborhood in Austin, Texas. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (accepted on December 31, 2023)

Guo, C., E. Ge, S. Lee, Y. Lu, N. Bassill, M. Zhang, W. Zhang, Y. Lu, Y. Hu, J. Chakraborty, R. Emeny, and K. Zhang. 2023. Impact of heat on emergency hospital admission in Texas: geographic and racial/ethnic disparities. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology DOI: 10.1038/s41370-023-00590-6 

Boakye, K. A., A. Iyanda, J. R. Oppong, Y. Lu. 2022. A multiscale analysis of social and spatial determinants of cancer and noncancer risks from on- road air pollution in Texas. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, 41.  DOI: 10.1016/j.sste.2022.100484 

Iyanda*, A., Y. Lu. 2022. Social and Structural Determinants of Self-Rated Health in Gentrifying Neighborhoods in Austin Texas: A Cross-Sectional Quantitative Analysis. International Journal of Community Well-Being. 5: 509-534. DOI: 10.1007/s42413-021-00155-1

Jin*, H., Y. Lu. 2022. Multi-model Huff-based 2SFCA: Examining Geographical Accessibility of Food Outlets in Austin, Texas. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 11:579. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi11110579

Iyanda*, A., K. Boakye, Y. Lu. 2021. COVID-19 and Evidenced Health Disparity. Encyclopedia, 1(3)L744-763.  DOI: 10.3390/encyclopedia1030057

Chen, P. and Y. Lu. 2021. Journey-to-crime and offender's geographic background: a comparison between migrant and native offenders in Beijing. SN Social Sciences, 1(1): 1-20. DOI: 10.1007/s43545-020-00038-w.

Iyanda*, A., Y. Lu. 2021. Perceived impact of gentrification on health and wellbeing: Exploring social capital and coping strategies in gentrifying neighborhoods. The Professional Geographer, 73(4): 713-24. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2021.1924806.

Iyanda*, A., Y. Lu. 2021. Gentrification is not improving my health’: a mixed-method investigation of chronic health conditions in rapidly changing urban neighborhoods in Austin, TexasJournal of Housing and the Built Environment. DOI: 10.1007/s10901-021-09847-8 

Iyanda*, A., Y. Lu. 2021. Structural equation modeling of mental health in gentrifying neighborhoods. Open Health2 (1): 21-39. DOI: 10.1515/openhe-2021-0002

Iyanda*, A., K. Boakye, Y. Lu, J. Oppong. 2021. Racial/Ethnic heterogeneity and rural-urban disparity of COVID-19 case fatality ratio in the US: A negative binomial and GIS-based analysis. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-021-01006-7

Iyanda*, A., N. Chima-Adaralegbe, R. Adeleke, and Y. Lu. 2021. Covariation of suicide and HIV in 186 Countries: a spatial autoregressive and multiscale geographically weighted regression analyses. Journal of Public Health: 1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s10389-020-01436-3  (published online on January 06, 2021)

Jin*, H., and Y. Lu. 2021. SAR-Gi*: Taking A Spatial Approach to Understand Food Deserts and Food Swamps. Applied Geography. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2021.102529

Jin*, H., and Y. Lu. 2021. Evaluating consumer nutrition environment in food deserts and food swamps. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18052675

Yuan, Y., Y. Lu, T. E. Chow, C. Ye*, A. Alyaqout*, and Y. Liu. 2020. The Missing Parts from Social Media Enabled Smart Cities: Who, Where, When, and What. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110 (2): 462 -475. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1631144

Jin*, H., Y. Lu. 2019. Regionalization of school youth obesity and overweight in Texas by considering both body mass index and socioeconomic status. GeoJournal 84: 55-69. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-018-9849-4

Yang, J., Q. Cheng, H. Zhang, K. Chan, …Y. Lu, …, B. Xu, P. Gong. 2018. Health Cities: Unlocking the power of cities for a healthy China. The Lancet, 391: 2140-2184. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30486-0 

Zhan, Z.*, W. Dong, Y. Lu, P. Yang, Q. Wang, and P. Jia. 2019. Real-time forecasting of hand-foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks using the integrating compartment model and assimilation filtering. Scientific Reports 9: 2661- . DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-38930-y

Li, C., Y. Lu, J. Liu, and X. Wu. 2018. Climate change and dengue fever transmission in China: Evidences and challenges. Science of the Total Environment, 622-623: 493-501. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.326

Jin*, H., and Y. Lu. 2017. The relationship between obesity and socioeconomic status among Texas school children and its spatial variation. Applied Geography. 79: 143-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.12.008

Wu, X., Y. Lu, S. Zou*, L. Chen*, and B. Xu 2016. Impact of climate change on human infectious diseases: Empirical evidence and human adaption. Environment International. 86: 14-23. DOI: /10.1016/j.envint.2015.09.007 (Received Elsevier Atlas Award, May 2016; Most Downloaded Article from Environment International in 2016-2018)