David C. Folch

Assistant Professor

Bellamy 308
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Ph.D. Geography. Arizona State University
M.A. Economics. George Washington University
B.S. Economics. Arizona State University

Research Interests

Geocomputation, spatial analysis, GIScience, urban analytics, neighborhood change, gentrification, segregation

Research Activities

-Methods for reducing uncertainty in American Community Survey small area estimates
-Effects of local context on social and economic outcomes
-Reliability of social media data for urban decision making
-Measurement of social vulnerability to natural hazards

Additional Affiliations

Center for Demography and Population Health, Florida State University
Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Selected Publications

Alex Singleton, Seth E. Spielman, and David C. Folch. Urban Analytics. Sage, 2018.

David C. Folch, Seth E. Spielman, and Robert Manduca. Fast food data: Where user generated content works and where it does not. Geographical Analysis.

David C. Folch, Daniel Arribas-Bel, Julia Koschinsky, and Seth E. Spielman. Spatial variation in the quality of American Community Survey estimates. Demography, 53(5):1535–1554, 2016.

David C. Folch and Sergio J. Rey. The centralization index: A measure of local spatial segregation. Papers in Regional Science, 2016.

Seth E. Spielman and David C. Folch. Reducing uncertainty in the American Community Survey through data-driven regionalization. PLoS ONE, 10(2), 2015.

Courses Taught

GEO5934 GIS Programming
GEO5934 Smart Cities
GEO5934 Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
GIS4043/GIS5101 Introduction to GIS
GIS5106 Advanced GIScience

Awards and Honors

Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry and Government Award. The American Statistical Association.

Professional Organizations

Western Regional Science Association
American Association of Geographers