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Mei-Po Kwan

Adjunct Professor


I am an Adjunct Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science. My research interests include environmental health, human mobility, access to healthcare, neighborhood  effects, sustainable travel and cities, and application of GIS methods in geographic research.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.SoSci. Geography, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Awards and Honors

I have received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors (2011), the Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography (2018), and the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award (2016) from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Alan Hay Award in Transport Geography (2017) from the Transport Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award (2005), the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) (2017), the Edward L. Ullman Award from the AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group (2005), and the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award (2016) from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. I was recognized in 2009 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2016 I was named a Guggenheim fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

I have published 37 edited or co-edited volumes (including two encyclopedias, five books and 30 journal special issues) and over 185 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. I have delivered over 200 keynote addresses and invited lectures in 18 countries. I have served as an advisory panelist or reviewer of grant proposals for 14 U.S. National Science Foundation programs, U.S. National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Australian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, Research Foundation of Flanders, Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Swiss National Science Foundation.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Business Administration

Recent Publications

Chen, B. Y., Cheng, X. P., Kwan, M. P., & Schwanen, T. (2020). Evaluating spatial accessibility to healthcare services under travel time uncertainty: A reliability-based floating catchment area approach. Journal of Transport Geography, 87, [102794].

Chen, Z., Chen, D., Zhao, C., Kwan, M. P., Cai, J., Zhuang, Y., Zhao, B., Wang, X., Chen, B., Yang, J., Li, R., He, B., Gao, B., Wang, K., & Xu, B. (2020). Influence of meteorological conditions on PM2.5 concentrations across China: A review of methodology and mechanism. Environment International, 139, [105558].

Chen, B. Y., & Kwan, M. P. (2020). Special Issue on Spatiotemporal Big Data Analytics for Transportation Applications. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, 16(1), 1-4.

Jia, P., Yu, C., Remais, J. V., Stein, A., Liu, Y., Brownson, R. C., Lakerveld, J., Wu, T., Yang, L., Smith, M., Amer, S., Pearce, J., Kestens, Y., Kwan, M. P., Lai, S., Xu, F., Chen, X., Rundle, A., Xiao, Q., ... James, P. (2020). Spatial Lifecourse Epidemiology Reporting Standards (ISLE-ReSt) statement. Health and Place, 61, [102243].

Kim, J., Kwan, M. P., Levenstein, M. C., & Richardson, D. B. (Accepted/In press). How do people perceive the disclosure risk of maps? Examining the perceived disclosure risk of maps and its implications for geoprivacy protection. Cartography and Geographic Information Science.

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