Yingru Li
Assistant Professor

Office: Suite 2046G
Haley Center
Tel: (334) 844-4069
yzl0086@auburn.edu



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





Economic Geography, Quantitative Methods and Spatial Analysis, GIS Applications, Global Geography 



Dr. Yingru Li is an economic/urban geographer, with research interests in health and health care disparities, regional development, retail location, and GIS. Through the critical use of geospatial technologies and spatial statistics such as exploratory spatial data analysis, geographically weighted regression, and multilevel modeling, she has investigated the effects of globalization and economic transition on regional economic inequality, health and health care disparities, and human development. She has developed a location model assessing and predicting the performances of retail stores. Her current research projects also include obesity and access to health care.



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



Li, Y. The spatial variation of China’s regional inequality in human development. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 4(3), 263-278. 

Li, Y. and L. Liu. 2012. Assessing the impact of retail location on store performance: A comparison study of Wal-Mart and Kmart stores in Cincinnati. Applied Geography 32, 591-600.

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.

Li, Y. and YHD. Wei. 2010. The spatial-temporal hierarchy of regional inequality of China. Applied Geography 30, 303-316.

Liu, Z., Y. Li, and Z. Li. 2009. Surface water quality and land use in Wisconsin, USA - a GIS approach. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 6, 69-89.

Chen, X., X.Ye, M. Carroll, and Y. Li. 2013. Online Flood Information System: REST-based Web Service. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. (In press)

Last updated: 10/01/2013