GIS software, combined with my knowledge of demographic data sources, makes it easy to get answers to questions like:
- Which legislative districts overlap with a given city?
- How many people live within a 5-minute walk of each store?
- To what extent are there racial disparities in the location of landfills or point-source pollution?
- What is the geographic distribution of households living in poverty?
GIS projects can range from tutoring sessions over Skype where I walk you through how to use ArcGIS or open-source QGIS to accomplish a particular task (1-3 hours), to short-term research projects where I use GIS to answer a particular question for you (2-10 hours), to longer-term projects where I assemble data about an issue, perform analyses and look for patterns (10+ hours).