Biosketch of Mei-Po Kwan

Mei-Po Kwan is a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chair of the International Geospatial Health Research Network. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently editor of Annals of the American Association of Geographers and the book series entitled SAGE Advances in Geographic Information Science and Technology.

Kwan has received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors (2011) and the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award (2016) from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award (2005), the Edward L. Ullman Award from the AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group (2005), and the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award (2016) from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. She was recognized in 2009 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2016 she was named a fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Kwan has received about US$24 million support as PI or co-PI from sources including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has published 32 edited or co-edited volumes and 165 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has delivered over 180 keynote addresses and invited lectures in 18 countries. She has served as an advisory panelist or reviewer of grant proposals for 14 U.S. National Science Foundation programs, U.S. National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Australian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, Research Foundation of Flanders, Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Swiss National Science Foundation.

Kwan's research interests include environmental health, sustainable cities, human mobility, urban/social issues in cities, and GIScience. She has made ground-breaking contributions to the discipline of geography in each of these areas. Her recent collaborative projects examine the health risks of female sex workers, adolescent and adult participation in high risk drug use, individual exposure to air pollution, and environmental influences on physical activity.

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