Center for Geospatial Information Science: Invited Talk

Event Start Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 2:00 pm

Event End Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00 pm

The Geography of Processes: A Spatial Analytical Perspective on the 2016 US Presidential Election

A. Stewart Fotheringham, PhD
Professor of Computational Spatial Science,
Arizona State University

Geographers have traditionally commented on spatial patterns of data by assuming that the processes which produced the data are the same everywhere. This seminar discusses what happens when this assumption is not met using an example of what determined voters’ choices in the 2016 US Presidential election. The seminar discusses the role of ‘spatial context’ in determining preferences and actions, until now a fairly nebulous concept, and also the spatial scale over which various processes operate. As such, the seminar provides a bridge between the concepts of ‘space’ and ‘place’ and between idiographic and nomothetic forms for geography. It also explains why nobody has a crystal ball for the 2020 election.


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