Yingru Li
Assistant Professor

Office: Haley 2046G

210 Petrie Hall
Auburn, AL 36849 

Phone: (334) 844-4069
Fax: (334) 844-3409

Economic/Urban Geography with interests in GIS and spatial statistics, public health, regional development, retail location, water quality and land use, and quantitative modeling.

Ph.D., Geography, University of Utah
M.A., Geography, University of Cincinnati
B.A., Chinese Literature, Shandong University


Assistant Professor, Auburn University

2012 - Present

Dr. Yingru Li’s research areas mainly include economic/urban geography, health and environment, GIS, and spatial statistics. Her current research involves: 1) Socioeconomic disparities and childhood obesity in the Black Belt region; 2) China’s heavy metal contamination and public health; 3) GIS and statistical modeling, such as spatial interpolation of air temperature and retail location modeling. 4) Economic transition, industrial restructuring and spatial agglomeration in China.  Her teaching interest include Quantitative Methods and Spatial Analysis, GIS Applications, Economic Geography, Global Geography.

Serving as Developing Country Director for Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (AAG).

Serving as an editorial board member for Journal of Economics and Finance.

Serving as a reviewer of GeoJournal, Human Ecology Review, International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Annuals of GIS, Universal Journal of Marketing and Business Research, and The Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship

  1. Li, Y., LH. Robinson, and MW Carter*. 2014. Childhood obesity and community food environment in Alabama’s Black Belt region. Child: Care, Health, and Development (in press).
  2. Li, Y. and YHD. Wei. 2014. Multidimensional health care inequality in provincial China: A case study of Henan Province. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie 105 (1), 91-106.
  3. Wu, T.* and Y. Li. 2013. Spatial interpolation of temperature in the United States using residual Kriging. Applied Geography 44, 112-120.
  4. Li, Y. and L. Liu. 2012. Assessing the impact of retail location store performance: A comparison study of Wal-Mart and Kmart stores in Cincinnati. Applied Geography 32: 591-600.
  5. Li, Y. and YHD. Wei. 2010. A spatial-temporal analysis of health care and mortality inequalities in transitional China. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 51, 767–787.

*Student Co-Authors.

Last updated: 11/18/2014