Yingru Li
Assistant Professor

Office: Suite 2046G
Haley Center
Tel: (334) 844-4069

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

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

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.

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., LE. Robinson, and MW Carter*. 2014. Childhood obesity and community food environment in Alabama’s Black Belt region. Child: Care, Health, and Development (in press).

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.

Chen, X.*, X.Ye, M. Carroll, and Y. Li. 2014. Online flood information system: REST-based web service. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 5 (2), 1-10.

Wu, T.* and Y. Li. 2013. Spatial interpolation of temperature in the United States using residual Kriging. Applied Geography 44, 112-120.


Hug, A.*, C. Mitra, Y. Li, and LJ. Marzen. 2013. Relationship between land cover and temperature in the Auburn—Opelika, Alabama urban Area. Papers of the Applied Geography conferences 36, 311-322.

Rahman, M.*, C. Mitra, L. J. Marzen,  and Y. Li. 2013. Urban expansion and environmental parameters - A case study of Huntsville, Alabama. Papers of the Applied Geography conferences 36, 458-466.

Xie, Z., Z. Liu, and Y. Li. 2013. Validation of the Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) Water-surface Model. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences 36, 98-106.


Li, Y. 2012. China’s regional inequality in human development. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 4, 263-278.

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.

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

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.

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.

*Designates graduate student co-authors

Last updated: 09/12/2014