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Luc Anselin

Luc Anselin
Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Walter Isard Chair, Director and Regents' Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director, GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Luc Anselin is a native of Belgium where he did undergraduate work and a master's degree in economics and econometrics at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). His PhD is from Cornell University in the interdisciplinary field of Regional Science. At ASU, he is Foundation Professor of Geographical Sciences and the Director of the School of Geographical Sciences. He also started and directs the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation. He came to ASU from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he directed the Spatial Analysis Laboratory in the Department of Geography and was a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center of Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He previously held appointments at the University of Texas at Dallas, West Virginia University, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Ohio State University. He has held (joint) appointments in a range of disciplines, including Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Political Economy and Political Science. He is the developer of the SpaceStat and GeoDa software packages for spatial data analysis. He was elected Fellow of the Regional Science Association International in 2004 and was awarded their Walter Isard Prize in 2005 and William Alonso Memorial Prize in 2006. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008.

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PhD, Cornell University, 1980

MA, Cornell University, 1979

MA, Free University of Brussels, 1976

Journal Articles


Laura, J., W. Li, S. J. Rey and L. Anselin. 2015. Parallelization of a regionalization heuristic in distributed computing platforms – a case study with parallel-p-compact-regions problem. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 29(4):536-555. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2014.987287. (link )

Rey, S. J., L. Anselin, X. Li, R. Pahle, J. Laura, W. Li and J. Koschinsky. 2015. Open geospatial analytics with PySAL. ISPRS Internatioanl Journal of Geo-Information 4(2):815-836. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi4020815. (link )


Anselin, L., S. J. Rey and W. Li. 2014. Metadata and provenance for spatial analysis: The case of spatial weights. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 28(11):2261-2280. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2014.917313. (link )


Li, W., L. Li, M. F. Goodchild and L. Anselin. 2013. A geospatial cyberinfrastructure for urban economic analysis and spatial decision-making. International Journal of Geo-Information 2(2):413-431. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi2020413. (link )


Murray, A. T., P. Gober, L. Anselin, S. J. Rey, D. A. Sampson, P. D. Padegimas and Y. Liu. 2012. Spatial optimization models for water supply allocation. Water Resources Management 26(8):2243-2257. (link )



Padegimas, P., M. Murray, S. J. Rey, L. Anselin and P. Gober. 2010. Modeling to support multi-district water management. Presented April 18 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.


Murray, A. T., P. D. Padegimas, L. Anselin, S. J. Rey and P. Gober. 2009. A spatial optimization model for water supply allocation. Presented November 19, 2009 at the 56th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, San Francisco, CA.