Author Archives: Stephen Matthews

About Stephen Matthews

I am Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Demography (Courtesy Geography) and a transdisciplinary researcher with a broad set of interests in the social , demographic, and health sciences. I have a proven record of successful management of infrastructure, training, mentoring, and research grants. My objective is to be a catalyst for new projects and to provide opportunities for others. Specialties:Spatial demography, health disparities, race/ethnic segregation and income inequality, and food and built environment. The concept of spatial polygamy (the simultanoeus attachment to multiple embedded, non-hierarchial, and discontinuous places [contexts]).

CFP — Spatial Information for Human Health (Dec 9-11, 2015), UCSB

Spatial Information for Human Health
December 9–11, 2015
University of Santa Barbara, California

The Center for Spatial Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara), is launching a new biennial series of unconferences, entitled SPATIAL, with the goal of reaching out to domain specialists to inspire and guide research on spatial information. Each edition will focus on applications of spatial information as a primary force to push the frontiers of Geographic Information Science, Spatial Cognition, and related fields. Instead of listening to paper presentations, attendees will debate new ideas, address challenges, and discuss how to improve solutions. Continue reading

Call for Papers: Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities (Penn State Stratification Conference – Sept 12-14, 2014)

This may be of interest to the readers of Spatial Demography

CALL FOR PAPERS “Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities” Penn State Stratification Conference Nittany Lion Inn, September 12-14, 2014 Submission deadline: January 31, 2014 Penn State is hosting a small conference that highlights how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Approximately 15 innovative papers are sought for sessions on the interrelated phenomena of segregation, housing and neighborhood attainment, residential mobility, and community change. Contributions may be theoretical, empirical, or policy-oriented and can focus on trends or current circumstances. We also welcome research representing a variety of methodological styles and set in contexts ranging from metropolitan to rural. The conference format will provide ample opportunities for interaction among attendees. Scholars interested in presenting their work should email a 2-page abstract or completed paper to by January 31, 2014. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than February 15. Please visit for additional details about the conference, which is being organized by Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland, Barrett Lee, and Stephen Matthews.

This entry was posted by Stephen Matthews on November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Book Review: One on Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R

By: Stephen Matthews
  • Series: Use R! by Roger S. Bivand, Edzer J. Pebesma, and Virgilio Gόmez-Rubio
    Review by: Guangqing Chi

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Future Directions in Spatial Demography (Final Report, released May 2012)

The Final Report from the Future Directions in Spatial Demography may be of interest to the readers of the new journal, Spatial Demography.

The Future Directions meeting was held in December 2011 in Santa Barbara and included participation from 40+ scholars from demography-related disciplines including geography, economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, and rural sociology. The Final Report was released in April 2012 and made available at the following website:

Matthews, S.A., Janelle, D.G., and Goodchild, M.F. (2012). Future directions in spatial demography: Final report. (Final Report of a Specialist Meeting held December 12-13, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA).

The Future Directions website also includes links to participant presentations and short position statements submitted by each of the meeting attendees.


– Stephen


A welcome from the Book Review Editor

Welcome from the Book Review Editor,

We intend to include 2-3 book reviews per issue. To achieve such a target I need assistance from our readers. Specifically I need help in identifying books that should be reviewed and I need help in identifying and securing reviewers.

At the outset I see at least three different formats to the ‘book reviews’ we will carry.

First, there is the conventional book review of a recently published text. This will be the bread and butter of the Book Review section. In general our readership will be primarily interested in books on the latest technological and methodological developments in spatial analysis, spatial statistics, geographic visualization, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and geospatial data. The substantive focus of demography is quite diverse encompassing US and global perspectives on topics such as spatial inequality, health disparities, population health, migration/immigration, aging, racial/ethnic segregation, and population and environment.

Second, we would like to invite reviews of classic texts, conceptual, methodological or substantive. The journal Progress in Human Geography launched this idea some 20 years ago inviting a contemporary review of a classic text and even including replies from the authors. In this incarnation I am looking for reviews that synthesize (and personalize) the relevance and contribution of these classic books to the broad field of spatial demography.

The third type of contribution to the Book Review section will be short essays that focus on specific themes that cut across several related books. Again the submissions can be focused on shared conceptual, methodological or substantive topics.

I’ll work to secure books from publishers and welcome suggestions of which books to secure for review.

Looking forward to hearing from you;


Stephen A. Matthews (Book Review Editor)

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This entry was posted by Stephen Matthews on April 25, 2013 in Forum and tagged