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Urban and Spatial Networks 1: Social Networks

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 6:40 AM / 7:50 AM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 11
Organizers: Zachary Neal, Kirsten Martinus, Thomas Sigler
Chairs: Zachary Neal


Networks are known to structure all forms of human behavior. When these networks include a spatial component, they present unique challenges to study, but also offer greater potential for insight. This is particularly true for networks in and between cities, where the bulk of human activity is increasingly concentrated.

We invite abstracts for one or more sessions focused on URBAN AND SPATIAL NETWORKS. While all submissions should focus on some aspect of a structural conception of network(s) in an urban or spatial context, we encourage a broad range of submissions:
- At any scale: within-city, between-city, global, local, etc
- In any domain: social, infrastructure, economic, etc
- Any role or process: Centrality/Hubs, Brokerage/Gateways, Longitudinal change, etc
- Theoretical, methodological, and empirical work

All papers in the session(s) will have the opportunity to be featured on, and to be considered for a special issue (see below).

Interested participants should send a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words following AAG guidelines to Zachary Neal ( no later than October 25th. Contributors of abstracts selected for inclusion in the session will be notified by November 1st, and will be asked to provide their registration code (PIN) after registering for the conference and submitting their abstract at For more details, please visit

All submissions to this AAG session will be eligible for consideration in two planned special issues:

(1) "Peripheries in Urban and Economic Networks”, to be published in Global Networks (see formal CFP at

(2) “Brokerage in Geographical Networks”, to be published in Regional Studies


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Zachary Neal Michigan State University 15 6:40 AM
Presenter Thomas Sigler*, University of Queensland, A Network Approach to applying Spatial Relatedness to understand Co-Ethnic Urban Settlement Patterns in Australia 15 6:55 AM
Presenter Kathryn Anderson*, University of Houston, Joseph Galaskiewicz*, University of Arizona, Kendra Thompson-Dyck, University of Arizona, Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation, Income Inequality, and Job Accessibility by Public Transportation Networks 15 7:10 AM
Presenter Gwyneth McKee Manser*, University of California, Davis, Catherine Brinkley, University of California, Davis, Sasha Pesci, University of California, Davis, The evolution of a local food system: geo-social network analysis of local food routes in two counties over 5 years 15 7:25 AM
Presenter Christa Brelsford*, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Spatially Embedded Social Networks in Urban Environments. 15 7:40 AM

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