Spatial Research Utilizing International Population or Agricultural Census Data

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Population Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 20
Organizers: Tracy Kugler
Chairs: Tracy Kugler

Call for Submissions

This session is intended to convene researchers already working with census data from outside the United States to showcase the variety of questions that can be investigated with these data and to discuss data challenges. We are particularly interested in work with an explicitly spatial component.

If you are interested in participating in this session, please email your title, abstract, and AAG 2021 PIN to Tracy Kugler,, by Oct. 29, 2020.


Nearly all countries throughout the world conduct population and housing censuses at least every ten years, and most also conduct agricultural censuses or surveys on a regular basis as well. (According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 114 countries participated in the 2000 round of the World Census of Agriculture, and 126 participated in the 2010 round.) These censuses collect information on demographics, education, employment, housing characteristics, migration, agricultural land ownership, agricultural workforce, livestock, crops, and more. The resulting data can be used to study a wide range of questions, from the character of demographic transitions within and across countries, to utilization of irrigation, to educational trends among women.

Data from population and housing and agricultural censuses are typically published by national statistical offices in reports that contain tables summarizing characteristics by sub-national geographic units. The IPUMS Data Center has recently launched the International Historical Geographic Information System (IPUMS IHGIS). IHGIS extracts data from the tables in published reports and provides them in a standardized, analysis-ready structure with thorough metadata. IHGIS also facilitates mapping and spatial analysis by providing GIS boundary files for the sub-national units described in the data tables. The IPUMS IHGIS team is interested in learning about what researchers are doing with international census data and how we can better support that work.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tracy Kugler*, IPUMS, IPUMS IHGIS - Population and Agricultural Census Data from Around the World 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Matthew LaFevor*, University of Alabama, Farmland size, agrochemicals and irrigation management effects on maize and wheat productivity in Mexico 15 4:55 PM
Presenter David López-García*, The New School, The spatial distribution of public and common mobility resources in Mexico Valley Metropolitan Zone 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Aurelie Lalanne*, University of Bordeaux, Big, medium and small-sized cities wihin a regional urban system. Which stochastic growth processes ? The case of Nouvelle-Aquitaine 1800-2015 15 5:25 PM
Discussant Tracy Kugler IPUMS 15 5:40 PM

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