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Yongmei Lu

yongmei lu

Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Geography, SUNY Buffalo, 2001
Office:   ELA 141
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)

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

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. (Published online on January 20, 2022)

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, Texas. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. DOI: 10.1007/s10901-021-09847-8 (published online on May 10, 2021)

Iyanda*, A., K. Boakye, Y. Lu. 2021. COVID-19 and Evidenced Health Disparity. Encyclopedia, 1(3)L744-763.  DOI: 10.3390/encyclopedia1030057 (published on August 5, 2021)

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 (published online: February 26, 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 (published online August 3, 2021)

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 (published online on March 7, 2021)

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

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

Lu, Y. and A. Davidson* 2017. Fatal vehicle crashes in Texas: Needs for and access to emergency medical services. Annals of GIS, 23(1): 41-54. DOI: 10.1080/19475683.2016.1276102

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

Chen, P., and Y. Lu. 2017 Exploring co-offending networks by considering geographic background – an investigation of electric bicycle thefts in Beijing. The Professional Geographer, 70(1): 73-83. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2017.1325753

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)

Lu, Y. and T. B. Fang. 2015. Examining personal air pollution exposure, intake, and health danger zone using time geography and 3d geovisualization. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 4(1): 32-46.

Medel*, M., Y. Lu, and E. Chow.  2015. Mexico’s drug networks: Modeling the smuggling routes towards the United States. Applied Geography. 60: 240-247.

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate level courses:

Fundamentals of GIS (GEO2426)
Management and Implementation of GIS (GEO 2427)
Advanced GIS (GEO 3426)
Design and Implementation of GIS (GEO 4427)
Health Geography (GEO3351)
Geography of Crime (GEO4355)

Master level courses:

Geographic Information Systems I (GEO 5418)
Geographic Information Systems II (GEO 5419)
Geographic Analysis (GEO 5309)
Applied Human Geography (GEO5317)

Ph.D. level courses:

Advanced Research Design (GEO7300)
Advanced Topics in GIScience (GEO 7361)
Geographic Information Systems (GEO7417)
Seminar in Geographic Information Science (GEO 7372)