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B.S., Land Resource Management, College of Environmental Science, China Agricultural University
M.S., Urban Development Planning, Bartlett School of Built Environment, University College London
M.S., Historic Preservation (Planning and GIS), School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Li has developed research interests in urban spatial analytics and modeling, cloud-GIS, geospatial visualization, geodesign, and data-driven urbanism.

His research interest before joining the USC Spatial Sciences Institute lies at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, spatial sciences and public health. In particular, he is interested in how geospatial data can be harnessed to tackle short-term and long-term urban problems, such as sustainability, population well-being and urban growth.

Li taught at the University of Miami School of Architecture as a full-time lecturer between 2013-2017, where he offered courses in Urban Information System, Spatial Planning, WebGIS, GIS programming and Urban Simulation. Meanwhile, Li also worked as a GIS consultant with architecture and urban planning firms across the country by providing geospatial analysis and modeling services.

In the Population, Health and Place program, Li will focus on integrating spatial sciences and active living research. Notably, the application of GPS and GIS in capturing human mobilities and environmental contexts of physical activity and dietary behaviors. By connecting relevant environmental settings with health behaviors and outcomes, Li hopes to stimulate data-driven urban design and policies interventions in creating healthy communities.

As a research assistant, Li currently works at USC Reach (Real Time Easting & Children’s Health) Lab on MATCH and MADRES projects that focus on environmental influences on maternal and child physical activity, diet, and obesity outcomes.