Shuai Zhou is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University, specializing in demographic and health studies, quantitative methods, and computational and geospatial analytics.
He earned his Ph.D. in Rural Sociology with a dual-title in Demography from the Pennsylvania State University in 2023. Zhou's research interests encompass environmental migration, environmental health, spatial demography, and computational social science. Currently, his work focuses on investigating how environmental changes influence migration patterns and health outcomes in both the United States and global contexts.
Zhou advocates open science and believes that reproducibility makes real science. For this reason, Zhou provides data and codes for most of his empirical work as long as data sources allow to do so.
Zhou also writes tools for his research and makes them publicly available under open source license. He developed GPS2space, a Python library for building spatial data and constructing buffer- and convex hull-based activity space and shared space from raw GPS data.
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