Deborah Balk

Deborah Balk


Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

Department: Public Affairs

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Deborah Balk is Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. She is also a member of the CUNY Graduate Center faculty in the sociology, public health and economics programs. Her expertise lies in spatial demography and the integration of earth and social science data and methods to address interdisciplinary policy questions. Her current research focus is on urbanization, migration & population distribution, poverty and health, and environmental interactions, particularly climate change. Prior to coming to Baruch, she held appointments at Columbia University, the East-West Center, and the University of Michigan.

She received her PhD in Demography from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Masters in Public Policy and AB in International Relations from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Ph.D., Demography, University of California at Berkeley

MPP, Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

AB, International Relations, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

SemesterCourse PrefixCourse NumberCourse Name
Fall 2023PAF9270Data Collection and Descriptio
Spring 2023DCP70300Spatial Demography
Spring 2023SOC89000Independent Research
Spring 2023PSC83900Tutorial Independent Study
Spring 2023IMS79001Independent Studies
Spring 2023SOC81900ST: Sociological Statistics
Spring 2023QMSS75000ST: Quantitative Mthds Soc Sci
Fall 2022PAF9999Ind Study In PAF
Fall 2021PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2021SOC89000Independent Research
Fall 2021SOC81900ST: Sociological Statistics
Fall 2021DCP70300Spatial Demography
Spring 2021PAF9186Map Making For Public
Fall 2020DCP80300Topics in Demography
Fall 2020SOC72200Demography & Populat Problems
Fall 2020QMSS75000ST: Quantitative Mthds Soc Sci
Spring 2020QMSS75000ST: Quantitative Mthds Soc Sci
Spring 2020DCP80300Topics in Demography
Spring 2020SOC81900ST: Sociological Statistics
Spring 2020PAF9186Map Making For Public
Spring 2019PAF9186Map Making For Public
Spring 2019DCP80300Topics in Demography
Spring 2019QMSS79700Independent Study
Spring 2019MALS79000Thesis/Capstone Project
Spring 2018PAF9186Map Making For Public
Fall 2017SOC72200Population Dyna&Climate Change
Fall 2017DCP80300Population Dyna&Climate Change
Spring 2017PAF9186Map Making For Public
Spring 2017SOC81900Spatial Demography
Spring 2017PAF5000Independent Study PAF I
Spring 2017DCP80300Spatial Demography
Spring 2016PUBH90000Dissertation Supervision
Fall 2015PUBH90000Dissertation Supervision
Fall 2015PAF9186Map Making For Public
Spring 2015PUBH90000Dissertation Supervision
Spring 2015PUBH89903Supervised Dissertation Resrch
Spring 2015PUBH89904Supervised Dissertation Resrch
Spring 2015EES79903Spatial Demography
Fall 2014PUBH89902Supervised Dissertation Resrch
Fall 2014PUBH89903Supervised Dissertation Resrch
Fall 2014PUBH89904Supervised Dissertation Resrch
Fall 2014PUBH89901Supervised Dissertation Resrch
Fall 2013PAF9186Map Making For Public
Fall 2013PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2013PAF9999Ind Study In PAF
Fall 2012DCP80300Spatial Demography
Fall 2012SOC81900Spatial Demography
Summer 2012PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Summer 2012PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Summer 2011PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Summer 2011PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2011PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2011PAF9600Map Making for Public Policy
Spring 2010PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2009PAF9600Map Making for Public Policy
Spring 2009PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2008PAF9999Ind Study In PAF
Fall 2008PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2008PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2007PAF9699Topics Public Policy
Summer 2007PAF9999Ind Study In PAF
Spring 2007PAF9699Topics Public Policy
Spring 2007PAF9198Public Affairs Workshop
Fall 2006PAF9198Public Affairs Workshop
Fall 2006PAF9198Public Affairs Workshop


Balk, D., Brickman, M., Anderson, B., Pozzi, F., Yetman, G., Salvatore, M., Ataman, E., Huddelston, B., & Bloise, M. (2005). Estimates of Future Global Population Distribution to 2015/ Mapping Global Urban And Rural Population Distributions, Environmental and Natural Resources. Rome, United nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Balk, D., Gorokhovich, Y., & Levy, M. (2005). Estimates of Coastal Population Exposed to the 26 December 2004 Tsunami. Prepaired for the Humanitarian Information Unit of the US Department of State.

Balk, D. (2004). Mapping Accesss to Maternal Health Care Facilities in Bangladesh. Prepared for the Millinnium Project Task Force 4 on Maternal and Child Mortality// Available at

Balk, D., Faiz, K. K., Rob, U., Chakraborty, J., & Simmons, G. (1988). An Analysis of the Costs and Cost-Effectivness of the Family Planning Heatlh Services Project. Bangladesh, Dhaka: International Centre for Diarrohoeal Disease Research .

Journal Articles

Zoraghein, H., Pinchoff, J., Balk, D., Montgomery, M. R., & Engin, H. (2022). People and infrastructure: multi-scale assessment of coastal and fluvial flood exposure in India. Environmental Research Communications,

Jiang, L., Jones, B. R., Balk, D., & O'Neill, B. (2022). The importance of reclassification to understanding urban growth:  A demographic decomposition of the United States, 1990-2010 . Population, Space and Place, e2562.

Kyrkjebo, N., Parris, A., Barnes, J., Azaroff, I., Balk, D., Baptista, A., Braneon, C., Calabrese, W., Colon, J., Marcotuillo, P., & Moss, R. (2022). Rapid Research and Assessment on COVID-19 and Climate in New York City. Journal of Extreme Events,

(2022). Built Environment as a Risk Factor for Adult Overweight and Obesity: Evidence from a Longitudinal Geospatial Analysis in Indonesia. PLOS Global Public Health,

(2022). Built Environment as a Risk Factor for Adult Overweight and Obesity: Evidence from a Longitudinal Geospatial Analysis in Indonesia. PLOS Global Public Health,

Balk, D., Tagtachian, D., Jiang, L., Marcotullio, P., Cook, E., Jones, B. R., Mustafa, A., & McPhearson, T. (2022). Frameworks to envision equitable urban futures in a changing climate: a multi-level, multidisciplinary case study of New York City. Frontiers in the Built Environment – Urban Science, 8(949433).

(2022). The Urban Century. Population and Development Review, 5-9.

Spotswood, E., Benjamen, M., Stoneburner, L., Wheeler, M., Beller, E., Balk, D., McPhearson, T., Kuo, M., & McDonald, R. (2021). Nature inequity and higher COVID-19 case rates in less-green neighbourhoods in the United States. Nature Sustainability , 4. 1092–1098.

Balk, D., Leyk, S., Montgomery, M., & Engin, H. (2021). Global harmonization of urbanization measures: Proceed with care. Remote Sensing , 13(24). 4973.

Jones, B., Dunn, G., & Balk, D. (2021). Extreme heat related mortality: Spatial patterns and determinants in the United States, 1979-2011. Spatial Demography, 1-23.

McDonald, R., Biswas, T., Sachar, C., Housman, I., Boucher, T., Balk, D., Nowak, D., Spotswood, E., Stanley, C., & Leyk, S. (2021). The tree cover and temperature disparity in US urbanized areas: Quantifying the association with income across 5,723 communities. PLOS One, 16(4). e0249715.

Balk, D., Leyk, S., & Montgomery, M. (2021). Revitalizing Urban Research: What Is the Future Role of Demographers?. Spatial Demography,

(2021). Rapid Research and Assessment on COVID-19 and Climate in New York City. J. of Extr. Even., 08(02). 2150010.

MacManus, K., Balk, D., Engin, H., McGranahan, G., & Inman, R. (2021). Estimating population and urban areas at risk of coastal hazards, 1990–2015. How data choices matter, . Earth Systems Science Data, 13. 5747–5801.

Uhl, J. H., Leyk, S., McShane, C. M., Braswell, A. E., Connor, D. S., & Balk, D. (2021). Fine-grained, spatio-temporal datasets measuring 200 years of land development in the United States. Earth System Science Data, (13). 119-153.

Uhl, J. H., Ehrlich, D., Balk, D., & Sliuzas, r. (2020). Measuring and understanding global human settlements patterns and processes: innovation, progress and application, Introduction to Special Issues of Patterns and processes of Global Human Settlement Development and Dynamics. International Journal of Digital Earth, 13(1). 2-8.

Mills, C., Johnson, G., Huang, T., Balk, D., & Wyka, K. (2020). Use of Small-Area Estimates to Describe County-level Geographic Variation in Prevalence of Extreme Obesity among US Adults. JAMA Network Open, (3). 5:204289.

Pinchoff, J., Mills, C. W., & Balk, D. (2020). Urbanization and health: the effects of the built environment on chronic disease risk factors among women in Tanzania. PLOSOne, 15(11L e0241810).

Liu, Z., & Balk, D. (2020). Urbanisation and Differential Vulnerability to Coastal Flooding among Migrants and non-Migrants in Bangladesh. Population, Space and Place, 26(7: p.e2334).

Jones, B., Balk, D., & Leyk, S. (2020). Urban Change in the United States, 1990-2010: A Spatial Assessment of Administrative Reclassification. Sustainability, 12(4, 1649).

Jones, B., Riosmena, F., Simon, D. H., & Balk, D. (2019). Estimating Internal Migration in Contemporary Mexico and its Relevance in Gridded Population Distributions. Data , 4(2). 50.

Leyk, S., Balk, D., Jones, B., Montgomery, M., & Engin, H. (2019). “Heterogeneity and Change in Urban Population and Structure in the United States, 1990-2010. Scientific Data, (6). 321-335.

Leyk, S., Gaughan, A. E., Adamo, S. B., de Sherbinin, A., Balk, D., Freire, S., Rose, A., Stevens, F. R., Blankespoor, B., Frye, C., Comenetz, J., Sorichetta, A., MacManus, K., Pistolesi, L., Levy, M., Tatem, A. J., & Pesaresi, M. (2019). The spatial allocation of population: A review of large-scale gridded population data products and their fitness for use. Earth System Science Data , 11. 1385-1409.

Dunn, G., Johnson, G., Sembajwe, G. N., & Balk, D. (2019). Spatially varying relationships between risk factors and child diarrhea in West Africa, 2008-2013. Mathematical Population Studies,

Balk, D., & Grace, K. (2019). Investigating demographic processes sensed and demographic data. Population and Environment, 41. 71-73.

Sanderson, E. W., Moy, J., Rose, C., Fisher, K., Jones, B., Balk, D., Clyne, P., Miquelle, D., & Walston, J. (2019). Implications of the shared socioeconomic pathways for tiger (Panthera tigris) conservation. Biological Conservation, 231(2019). 1-23.

Balk, D., Montgomery, M., Engin, H., Major, E., Lin, N., & Jones, B. (2019). Urbanization in India: Population and Urban Classification Grids for 2011. Data , 4(1). 35.

Balk, D., Leyk, S., Jones, B., Montgomery, M., & Clark, A. (2018). Understanding Urbanization: A study of census and satellite-derived urban classes in the United States, 1990-2010. PLOSOne,

Uhl, J. H., Zoraghein, H., Leyk, S., Balk, D., Corbane, C., Syrris, V., & Florczyk, A. J. (2018). Exposing the urban continuum: Implications and cross-comparison from an interdisciplinary perspective. International Journal of Digital Earth,

Balk, D., Nghiem, S. V., Jones, B., Liu, Z., & Dunn, G. (2018). Up and out: A multifaceted approach to characterizing urbanization in Greater Saigon, 2000–2009. Landscape and Urban Planning,

Leyk, S., Uhl, J. H., Balk, D., & Jones, B. (2018). Assessing the Accuracy of Multi-Temporal Built-Up Land Layers across Rural-Urban Trajectories in the United States. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 204. 898-917.

(2018). Understanding Urbanization: A study of census and satellite-derived urban classes in the United States, 1990-2010. PLOS One,

Dev, A., & Balk, D. (2015). Urbanization, Women and Weight Gain: Evidence from India, 1998-2006. Spatial Demography, 3(1). 1-25.

Solecki, W., Seto, K. C., Balk, D., Bigio, A., Boone, C. G., Creutzig, F., Fragkias, M., Romero-Lankao, P., Lwasa, S., Marcotullio, P., & Zwickel, T. (2015). A Conceptual Framework for an Urban Area Typology to Integrate Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Urban Climate, 14. 116-137.

Balk, D., & Montgomery, M. (2015). Guest Editorial: Spatializing Demography for the Urban Future. 59-62.

McDonald, R. I., Weber, K., Padowski, J., Flörke, M., Schneider, C., Green, P., Gleeson, T., Eckman, S., Lehner, B., Balk, D., Boucher, T., Grill, G., & Montgomery, M. (2014). Water on an urban planet: urbanization and the reach of urban water infrastructure. Global Environmental Change, Vol. 27. 96–105.

(2013). What is Urban? Comparing a Satellite View with Demographic & Health Surveys. Population and Development Review , 39(3). 413-439.

(2012). Mapping populations at risk: Improving spatial demographic data for infectious disease modeling and metric derivation. 10(8).

(2011). Spatial Scaling of Stable Night Lights. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 115. 269-280.

(2011). Urban growth, climate change, and freshwater availability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 3(21). 1-6.

(2009). Observations of Urban and Suburban Environments with Global Satellite Scatterometer Data. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing , 64(2009). 367-380.

(2008). Infant Mortality Rates: Towards a Spatial View. Population, Space and Place, 14(3).

(2008). A Summary of the Risks of Climate Change and Urban Settlement in Low Elevation Coastal Zones. The New Global Frontier: Cities, Poverty and Environment in the 21st Century,

(2008). Global Trends in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Nature, 451.

(2008). Urban Population Distribution and the Rising Risks of Climate Change. United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Population Distribution, Urbanization, Internal Migration and Development,

(2007). "Tsunami Mortality Estimates and Vulnerability Mapping in Aceh, Indonesia". American Journal of Public Health, 97(S1). pp. S146-S151.

(2007). "The rising tide: assessing the risks of climate change and human settlements in low elevation coastal zones". Environment and Urbanization, 19(1). pp. 17-37.

(2006). Low coastal zone settlements. (59).

(2006). "Setting the stage for equity-sensitive monitoring of the maternal and child health MDGs". Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 84(7). pp. 519-527.

(2006). "Determining Global Population Distribution: Methods, Appliacations and Data". Advances in Parasitology/ Academic Press, 62. pp. 119-156.

(2005). "Confidentiality and Spatially Explicit Data: Concerns and Challenges". Proceedngs of the National Academy of Sciences, 102(43). pp.15337-15342.

(2005). "Child Hunger in the Developing World: An Analyisis of Environmental and Social Correlates". Food Policy , 30. pp.5-6 and pp.584-611.

(2004). "A Spatial Analysis of Childhood Mortality in West Africa". Population, Space and Place, 10. pp.175-216.

(2004). "A Demographic Paradox: Causes and Consequences of Female Genital Cutting Mortality in Northeastern Africa". Advances in Gender Research, 8. pp.199-249.

(2001). "Projecting World Population Futures". Population bulletin , 56(3). pp.1-40.

(2001). "A guide to global population projections". Demographic Research, 48(8). pp.203-288.

(1997). "Awareness and Knowledge of AIDS among Indian Women". Health Transition Review, 7(Supplement). pp.421-465.

(1997). "Awareness and Knowledge of AIDS among Indian Women". Health Transition Review, 7(Supplement). pp.421-465.

(1997). "Awareness and Knowledge of AIDS among Indian Women". Health Transition Review, 7(Supplement). pp.421-465.

(1997). "Defying Gender Norms in Rural Bangladesh: A Social Demographic Analysis". Population Studies, 51(2). pp.153-172.

(1994). "Individual and Community Aspects of Women's Status and Fertility in Rural Bangladesh". Population Studies, 48(1). pp.21-45.

(1991). "A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Family Planning Programs in Rural Bangladesh: Evidence from Matlab". Studies in Family Planning , 22(2). pp.83-101.

McGranahan, G., Balk, D., Colenbrander, S., Engin, H., & MacManus, K. Is rapid urbanisation of deltas undermining adaptation to climate change long term?  A global review of population and built-up area in risk-prone coastal areas. In Progress.

Book Chapters

Reckien, D., Lwasa, S., Satterthwaite, D., Mcevoy, D., Creutzig, F., Montgomery, M., Balk, D., Khan, I., Fernandez, B., Brown, D., Osorio, J. C., Tovar-Restrepo, M., de Sherbinin, A., Feringa, W., Sverdlik, A., Porio, E., Nair, A., McCormick, S., & Bautista, E. (2018). Equity, Environmental Justice, and Urban Climate Change. In Schensul, D. (Ed.), Climate Change and Cities in C. Rosenzweig et al Cambridge, UK. Cambridge University Press.

Montgomery, M., & Balk, D. (2018). The Urbanization of Low- and Middle-Income Asia. In Hayes, A., & Zhao, Z. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography (pp. 285-309).

Montgomery, M., Balk, D., Liu, Z., Agarwal, S., Jones, E., & Adamo, S. (2015). Urban Migration of Adolescent Girls: Quantitative Results from Developing Countries. In White, M. (Ed.), International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution NY. Springer International Publishing.

Balk, D., Montgomery, M., & McGranahan, G. (2014). Coastal Demography: Distribution, Composition, and Dynamics. In Bowen, et al, R. (Ed.), Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being (pp. 49-70). New York, NY. Wiley Blackwell.

Nghiem, S., Sorichetta, A., Elvidge, C., Small, C., Balk, D., Deichmann, U., & Neumann, G. (2014). Urban Environments, Beijing Case Study. In Njoku, E. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing (pp. 869-878). New York, NY. Springer Reference.

McGranahan, G., Balk, D., Martine, G., & Tacoli, C. (2013). Fair and Effective Responses to Urbanization and Climate Change: Tapping Synergies and Avoiding Exclusionary Policies. In Martine, G., & Schnesul, D. (Eds.), The Demography of Adaptation to Climate Change (pp. 24-40).

Balk, D. (2013). Harnessing Census Data for Environment and Climate Change Analysis. In Martine, G., & Schnesul, D. (Eds.), The Demography of Adaptation to Climate Change (pp. 74-95). New York, London and Mexico City: UNFPA, IIED, and El Colegio de Mexico.

Montgomery, M. R., & Balk, D. (2011). The Urban Transition in Developing Countries: Demography Meets Geography. In Birch, E., & Wachter, S. (Eds.), Philadelphia, PA,United States. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Balk, D., Montgomery, M. R., McGranahan, G., Kim, D., Mara, V., Todd, M., Buettner, T., & Dorelien, A. (2009). Mapping Urban Settlements and the Risks of Climate Change in Africa, Asia, and South America.. In Martine, G., Guzman, J. M., McGranahan, G., Schensul, D. I., & Tacoli, C. (Eds.), Population Dynamics and Climate Change (pp. 80-103). New York, NY. United Nations Population Fund and International Institute for the Environment and Development.

Balk, D. (2009). More than a name: Why is Global Urban Population Mapping a GRUMPy proposition?. In Gamba, P., & Herold, M. (Eds.), Global Mapping of Human Settlement: Experiences, Data Sets, and Prospects (pp. 145-161). Taylor and Francis.

Balk, D., Montgomery, M. R., McGranahan, G., & Todd, M. (2009). Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change: Linking Satellite and Other Spatial Data with Population Data. In Martine, G., Guzman, J., McGranahan, G., Schensul, D., & Tacoli, C. (Eds.), Population Dynamics and Climate Change (pp. 206-217). New York, NY. United Nations Population Fund and International Institute for the Environment and Development.

Balk, D., Wirth, M., Delamonica, E., Storeygard, A., Sacks, E., & Minujin, A. (2006). Multidimensional disparities in maternal and child health: Measuring a basline, Monitoring the future. In Minujin, A., & Delamonica, E. (Eds.), New York, Ny/ New School University. Human Rights and Social Policies for Children and women: The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Practice.

(2005). Analytical Approaches for Assessing Ecosystem Condition and Human Well-Being. Chicago: Island Press. Chapter 3 in Conditions and Trends Assessment of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

(2005). Urban Systems. Chicago: Island Press. Chapter 22 in Conditions and Trends Assessment of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Balk, D. (2000). To Marry and Bear Children? The Demographic Consequences of Female Circumcision in the Sudan. In Shell-Duncan, B., & Hernlund, Y. (Eds.), Female 'Circumcision' in Africa: Culture, Controversy and Change (pp. 55-71). Lynne Reinner Publishers.


Jones, B., Balk, D., & Leyk, S. (2017, April 30). A Spatial Method for Estimating Rural-Urban Population Reclassification. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. : Population Association of America.

Balk, D., Brite, J., Dev, A., & Heiland, F. (2016, March 23). Health in Context: Urbanization, Weight Gain, and future Health in Indonesia. SPA Faculty Seminar Series. New York

Balk, D., Brite, J., Dev, A., & Heiland, F. (2015, May 1). Health in Context: Urbanization, Weight Gain, and future Health in Indonesia. PAA Conference. San Diego

Balk, D., Brite, J., Dev, A., & Heiland, F. (2015, May 1). Health in Context: Urbanization, Weight Gain, and future Health in Indonesia. PAA Conference. San Diego

Other Scholarly Works

Montgomery, M., Balk, D., Liu, Z., & Kim, D. (2013). Understanding City Growth in Asia’s Developing Countries: The Role of Internal Migration.

Balk, D. (2007). State of the World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth.

Balk, D. (2007). The Habitable Planet: A systems approach to Environmental Science (video).

Balk, D. (2006). Global Infant Mortality Databases.

Balk, D. (2006). Indicators for Policy Management and Advocacy.

Wirth, M., Delamonica, E., Sacks, E., Balk, D., Storeygard, A., & Minujin, A. (2006). Monitoring Health Equity in the MDG's: A Practical Guide.

Balk, D. (2006). Global Child Underweight Database.

Balk, D. (2004). GRUMP 1km Population Grid.

Balk, D. (2004). GRUMP Urban Extents.

Balk, D. (2004). Gridded Population of the World (GPW). version 3

Balk, D. (2004). GRUMP Human Settlements.

deSherbinin, A., Balk, D., Yager, K., Jaiteh, M., Pozzi, F., Giri, C., & Wannebo, A. (2002). Social Science Applications of Remote Sensing, A CIESIN Thematic Guide.

Balk, D. (2002). Population, Landscape, and Climate Estimates (PLACE).

O'Neill, B., Balk, D., Brickman, M., & Ezra, M. (2001). A Guide to Global Population Projections: A CIESIN Themiatic Guide.

Nghiem, S., Balk, D., & Small, C. (2001). Global Infrastructure Mapping: The Potential for SRTM to Break New Ground.

Deichmann, U., Balk, D., & Yetman, G. (2001). Transforming Population Data for Interdisciplinary Usages: From Census to Grid.

Balk, D. (1997). Changes come slowly for women in rura Bangladesh. (40),

Balk, D., Brown, T., Cruz, G., & Domingo, L. (1997). Are young people in the Philippines taking chances with AIDS:. (40),

Lahiri, S., Balk, D., & Pathak, K. B. (1995). Women in 13 States Have Little Knowledge of AIDS. (2),

Balk, D. (1994). Global Rural Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP).


Balk, D. (2001,September 1). Studies in Family Planning.

Balk, D., & Goldscheider, C. (1993,March 1). Contemporary Sociology.

TitleFunding Agency SponsorStart DateEnd DateAwarded DateTotal FundingStatus
The urban population living in low-lying coastal zonesWorld Resources Institute08/01/201902/29/202008/08/201961800Completed
Estimating City Growth, Urbanization and Climate-related Risks in the 21st centuryAXA Research Group02/02/201502/01/201810/03/2015331115Completed
IBSS: Multi-Scale processes determining spatial population distributionNational Science Foundation09/01/201402/28/202007/31/20141000002Completed
Internal Migration in AfricaPSC-CUNY 4307/01/201206/30/201304/17/20123499.5Completed
Interdisciplinary Research: Mega Urban Changes and ImpactsJet Propulsion Laboratory09/14/201203/31/201709/14/2012225000Completed
Internal Migration in Africa, Asia and Latin America: Its contribution to urbanization?PSC-CUNY 4207/01/201106/30/201204/15/20113499.5Completed
Urbanization and Migration in AfricaBill and Melinda Gates Foundation10/01/201002/28/201140000Completed
Spatial Demography Training: An Application for VietnamUnited Nations Population Fund06/01/201005/31/20113000Completed
Census Manual: Using Data for Environment and Climate Change AnalysisUnited Nations Population Fund07/01/201012/31/201029300Completed
Revitalizing Urban Population Projections: New Data New Methods SupplementNational Institutes of Health09/30/200903/31/201009/22/200929927Completed
Urbanization and the Environment / Urbanization Concept NotesInternational Institute for the Environment and Development09/01/200812/31/200814960Completed
Retrofitting Demographic and Health Survey Data: A Pilot Study to Determine Geographic Locations of PSC-CUNY 3807/01/200706/30/20084695.9Completed
Science core heuristics for open science outcones in learning (SCHOOL)National Aeronautics and Space Administration07/01/202306/30/202508/28/202366486Funded - In Progress
Synthesis Study of Land Cover, Land Use, and Demographic Change under Multi-Dimensional Development and Climate Pressures in Southeast AsiaNational Aeronautics and Space Administration08/28/202308/27/202509/29/2023178601Funded - In Progress
Collaborative Research: HNDS-I: HiSPLUS - Historical Settlement and Population Layers for the United StatesNational Science Foundation09/01/202108/31/202408/18/2021319433Funded - In Progress
CIESIN Grant to Support the GRID Mapping PortfolioBill and Melinda Gates Foundation05/01/201906/30/202010/09/2020189627Funded - In Progress
Ecological and sociodemographic determinants and impacts of urbanization and restoration on intertwined urban-wetland-estuarine systemsNational Aeronautics and Space Administration05/01/201704/30/202310/13/2017169093Funded - In Progress
Aging and Health in a Changing ClimateNational Institutes of Health05/15/202405/14/2029633527Submitted for Review
Merging socio-economic and satellite data for addressing climate justice and heatwaves in the United States via machine learning toolsNational Aeronautics and Space Administration07/01/202306/30/2026210005Submitted for Review
Climate Change, Migration, and Urbanization in South Africa and the United StatesCUNY Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program02/01/202302/29/202439291Submitted for Review
CIDR-CREST Initiative for the Study of the Life-course and Family Structure in a Changing Climate City University of New York01/01/202312/31/202320000Submitted for Review
Assessment of Climate-Change Risks and Adaptation Strategies for New York City in the 21st Century (ACRAS-NYC21)New York City Department of Design and Construction04/01/202203/31/2024140000Submitted for Review
Seed grant for a Virtual Population and Climate Change CenterBurroughs Wellcome Fund07/01/202206/30/202350000Submitted for Review
Dynamics and Interactions of Land Cover, Land Use, and Demography under Transformative Change across the Rural-Urban Continuum in Southeast AsiaNational Aeronautics and Space Administration07/15/202206/14/2025220000Submitted for Review
Life and Death Among the Poorest Americans: An Examination of Indigent BurialCUNY Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program02/01/202201/31/202340000Submitted for Review
NYC Town+Gown RFP: Climate Vulnerability, Impact, and Adaptation AnalysisNew York City Department of Design and Construction07/01/202212/31/2023117780Submitted for Review
Honor / AwardOrganization SponsorDate ReceivedDescription
Andrew Carnegie FellowCarnegie Corporation of New York (2016-2018)2016
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow (1989-1991)1991
Accelerated Master's Degree in Public Policy (1983-1985)1985
Honor's Program (1980-1983)College of LS&A, University of Michigan 1983


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Personnel and Budget CommitteeCommittee ChairPresent
Personnel and Budget CommitteeCommittee MemberPresent
Various Search Committees, School of Public AffairsCommittee MemberPresent
Baruch College Taskforce on Faculty Workload & Research Reassigned TimeCommittee Member12/31/2019
Personnel and Budget CommitteeCommittee Chair8/31/2017
Personnel and Budget CommitteeCommittee Chair8/31/2016
College Joint Committee for ResearchChair12/31/2014
Personnel and Budget CommitteeCommittee Member8/31/2014
Executive Committee8/31/2014
Independent Units Personnel & Budget Committee12/31/2013
Facilities Committee, Baruch College12/31/2011
Curriculum Committees, School of Public AffairsCommittee Member8/31/2011
Personnel and Budget CommitteeCommittee Member8/31/2011


Committee NamePosition RoleStart DateEnd Date
CUNY School of Public Health, Executive Committee6/1/2014Present
CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, Sustainable New York Knowledge NetworkAdvisor1/1/2006Present
Graduate Faculty in Sociology, Professor10/1/2006Present
Graduate Faculty in Public Health, Professor1/1/2014Present
Graduate Faculty in Economics, Professor1/1/2007Present
CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, CIDR Associate Director10/1/20066/30/2020
CUNY School of Public Health, Epidemiology Program, First Exam Committee1/1/201412/31/2016


OrganizationPosition RoleOrganization StateOrganization CountryStart DateEnd DateAudience
Population and EnvironmentGuest Editor (with Kathryn Grace)1/1/201912/31/2019
International Journal of Digital EarthGuest Editor (with Daniele Erlich and Richard Sliuzas)1/1/201812/31/2019
DemographyEditorial Board1/1/201612/31/2019
Spatial DemographyGuest Editor (with Mark Montgomery)1/1/201512/31/2015


OrganizationPosition RoleOrganization StateOrganization CountryStart DateEnd DateAudience
Association of Population CentersBoard Member8/1/2020Present
New York City Panel on Climate Change, 4th AssessmentCo-chair12/1/2019Present
Census Scientific Advisory Committee, United States Census BureauMember9/1/2019Present
Committee on Population, National Academy of SciencesMember9/1/2019Present
Steering Committee, The Group of Earth Observations (GEO) Human Planet InitiativeMember1/1/2016Present
User Working Group, Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (A NASA Distributed Active Archive Center), CIESIN, Columbia UniversityMember1/1/2015Present
New York State Climate Assessment, Society and Economy Working GroupMemberNew YorkUnited StatesPresentState
External Advisory Group, World Pop Project, University of SouthamptonMember1/1/201712/31/2019
Editorial Board, Spatial Demography1/1/201212/31/2016
Scientific Steering Committee, Scenarios and Interpretive Science Working Group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)Committee Member2/1/20148/31/2014
National Research Council, Panel on Himalayan Glaciers, Climate Change, and Implications for Downstream Populations, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and Committees on Population. Resulting publication: Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security, Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2012Member7/1/201112/31/2013
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), “Where do Cities get their Water? Towards a City Water Map.Co-organizer (w/Rob McDonald)10/31/2013
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), “Where do Cities get their Water? Towards a City Water Map.Co-organizer (w/Rob McDonald)9/30/2012
Small group meeting on Spatial Human Population Distribution Modeling for Epidemiological ApplicationsCo-organizer (w/Andrew Tatem)5/31/2011
International Union for the Scientific Study of PopulationMember1/1/200412/31/2008
New York Research Data Center Census Data WorkshopMember, Organizing committee12/31/2008
National Science Foundation, Geography and Regional Science Program12/31/2007
Urban Remote Sensing/ Urban 2007 Meeting Committee MemberFrance4/10/20074/13/2007
National Research Council, Panel on Confidentiality Issues Arising from the Integration of Remotely Sensed Data with Social Science SurveyMember1/1/200512/31/2006
Measure Demographic and Health Survey GIS Working Group, Marco InternationalMember1/1/200012/31/2006
National Research Council, Committe on the Effective use of Data Methodologies and Technologies to Estimate Sub-national Populations at Risk, ad hoc committee of the Geographic Sciences CommitteeMember11/1/20059/30/2006
Rethinking the Estimation and Projection of Urban and City PopulationsWorkshop Organizer1/31/2006
Global Spatial Data and Information User WorkshopCo-organizer9/30/2004
Confidentiality and Geospatial Data Workshop, for NASA’s Public Health Applications ProgramCo-organizer6/30/2003
Global Poverty MappingCo-organizer3/31/2003
Global InfrastructureLead organizer10/31/2000
Gridded PopulationLead organizer5/31/2000