Data for Social Impact

Using high-resolution satellite imagery and advanced big data analysis tools, Jennifer Burney, professor and co-director of the Big Pixel Initiative, is turning to the trees to gauge the health of semi-arid ecosystems, which are home to the world’s poorest populations and among the areas most affected by climate change. Prototyping this assessment tool in Sertão, Brazil, she develops tree density maps for specific regions that can then be “ground-truthed” and linked to farm-level management data. The goal is to use this novel technique across the world’s semi-arid regions to provide high-resolution indicators of overall ecosystem health.

In the News

Cash Transfers More Effective than Workforce Training in Improving Lives of Rwandans
Sept. 10, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Study compared the efficacy of the workforce-training program to simply disbursing the cost of the same program directly to beneficiaries

Mapping a cleaner San Diego
Dec. 16, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Sebastian Sarria, MPP ‘20 models the fight for clean energy at the City of San Diego, utilizing his GIS expertise to work on the city’s Climate Action Plan

Data obsessed
June 24, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Learn why our alumni love working at Washington, D.C. based Fraym – a company dedicated to revolutionizing data-driven decision making in Africa – and why they hire our graduates

Out of the lab: A program designed to foster real-world impact
May 29, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
In its fifth year, the GPS Science Policy Fellows program pushes STEM students out of their technical comfort zones, creating bridges within UC San Diego’s area of excellence

Hacking your data
April 23, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
As part of our 30th Anniversary Celebration weekend, our faculty, alumni and students presented digital poster sessions, giving us a glimpse into the next 30 years

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Faculty and Research

Related Faculty

  • John Ahlquist

    John Ahlquist

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: political economy, comparative politics, labor market institutions, income inequality, international trade

  • Roger Bohn

    Roger Bohn

    Professor

    Research Fields: high-tech and international manufacturing, electronics and data storage industry, product development, organizational management

  • Jennifer Burney

    Jennifer Burney

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: climate impacts and adaptation, food-energy-water systems, food and nutrition security, land use, economic development

  • Maria Carreri

    Maria Carreri

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: comparative political economy, political selection, executive competence, local politics

  • Michael Davidson

    Michael Davidson

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, electricity markets, energy policy, climate change policy

  • Jesse Driscoll

    Jesse Driscoll

    Associate Professor; Chair, Global Leadership Institute

    Research Fields: comparative politics, international relations, civil war, voting, Central Asia
  • Francisco Garfias

    Francisco Garfias

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: comparative political economy, state capacity, taxation, social conflict, Latin American politics, Mexican politics, econometrics

  • Teevrat Garg

    Teevrat Garg

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: economics, Southeast Asia

  • Alexander Gelber

    Alexander Gelber

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: public finance, particularly issues relating to taxation and social insurance

  • Joshua Graff Zivin

    Joshua Graff Zivin

    Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

    Research Fields: environmental, public health, development, innovation economics

  • Emilie Hafner-Burton

    Emilie Hafner-Burton

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of International Justice and Human Rights; Co-director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation

    Research Fields: international law and regulation, human rights, election violence, trade and investment, behavioral economics, political psychology, and social networks

  • Zoltan L. Hajnal

    Zoltan L. Hajnal

    Professor

    Research Fields: racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, immigration, election administration, voting rights, American politics, political behavior

  • Ruixue Jia

    Ruixue Jia

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, development economics, economic history, political economy

  • Munseob Lee

    Munseob Lee

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: macroeconomics, growth and development, firm dynamics, Korea

  • Gordon McCord

    Gordon McCord

    Assistant Teaching Professor

    Research Fields: development economics, public health, environment

  • Craig McIntosh

    Craig McIntosh

    Professor; Co-director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Research Fields: development economics, agricultural and resource economics, program evaluation, microeconomics, anti-poverty policies

  • Barry Naughton

    Barry Naughton

    Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs

    Research Fields: Chinese economy, foreign trade and investment, economic reform 

  •  Agustina Paglayan

    Agustina Paglayan

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: political economy, comparative politics, education systems, labor market institutions, state capacity, applied econometrics, historical research methods, politics of policymaking in Latin America and the U.S.

  • Lauren Prather

    Lauren Prather

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: foreign policy, migration, democracy promotion and democratization, Middle East

  • Nico Ravanilla

    Nico Ravanilla

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: comparative politics, public policy, governance, Southeast Asia

  • Kate Ricke

    Kate Ricke

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: climate change, public policy

  • Krislert Samphantharak

    Krislert Samphantharak

    Associate Professor and Associate Dean

    Research Fields: corporate finance, economic development, family businesses, business groups in East and Southeast Asia, financial institutions in village economies, Thailand

  • Weiyi Shi

    Weiyi Shi

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, political economy, foreign policy

  • Victor Shih

    Victor Shih

    Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations, Associate Professor

    Research Fields: China, political economy, Chinese banking policies, Chinese politics

  • David Victor

    David Victor

    Professor; Co-director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation; Center for Global Transformation Endowed Chair in Innovation and Public Policy 

    Research Fields: human rights, international law, energy policy, climate change policy

  • Barbara F. Walter

    Barbara F. Walter

    Professor

    Research Fields: international security, civil wars, terrorism/counter-terrorism

Related Research Centers and Programs

  • Big Pixel Initiative

    Big Pixel Initiative

    Designing research methods for scalable satellite image ingestion, processing, computing and visualization for the next generation of global change research in geospatial big data. This initiative at UC San Diego is co-led by GPS Professor Gordon Hanson.
  • Center on Global Transformation

    Center on Global Transformation

    Examining central questions about economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific, this center brings together the worlds of academic inquiry and policy analysis.
  • Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Combining advanced social science methodology with the power of information technology, this lab designs policies and programs that alleviate poverty; promote health, welfare and security; and enhance accountability.

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