Harvey Miller

Harvey Miller

Harvey Miller

Professor, Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science


(614) 292-5207

1176 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • GIScience
  • Mobility Science
  • Sustainable Transportation


  • 1991. Ph.D. (Geography), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • 1987. M.A. (Geography), Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
  • 1985. B.A., Honors (Geography), Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)


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Interests: GIScience, Mobility Science, Sustainable Transportation

Current Research: My research and teaching focus on the intersection between geographic information science and transportation science. I want to understand how people use mobility and communications technologies to allocate scarce time among activities in geographic space – a perspective known as time geography.  I am  also interested in the social dimensions of transportation, and the implications of human mobility and accessibility for sustainable transportation, livable communities and public health.  My main approach to questions of mobility, livability and sustainability is the development and application of GIS and spatial analysis techniques to extract information from fine-grained mobility and spatio-temporal data.

Courses Taught:

GEOG 5212 Geospatial Databases for GIS
GEOG 5221 Spatial Simulation and Modeling in GIS
GEOG 5301 Sustainable Transportation

Selected Publications:

Miller, H.J., Clifton, K., Akar, G., Tufte, K. Gopalakrishnan, S., MacArthur, J., Irwin, E., Ramnath, R., Stiles, J. (2021) “Urban sustainability observatories: Leveraging urban experimentation for sustainability science and policy,” Harvard Data Science Review, 3.2, DOI: 10.1162/99608f92.2025202b

Kar, A., Motoyama, Y., Carrel, A., Miller, H.J. and Le, H.T.K. (2021) “COVID-19 exacerbates unequal food access,” Applied Geography, 134, 102517.

Li, Y., Hyder, A., Southerland, L.T., Hammond, G., Porr, A. and Miller, H.J. (2020) “311 service requests as indicators of neighborhood distress and opioid use disorder,” Nature Scientific Reports, 10, 19579.

Liu, L., Miller, H.J. and Scheff, J. (2021) “The impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on public transit demand in the United States,” PLoS ONE 15(11): e0242476.

Lee, J. and Miller, H.J. (2020) "Robust accessibility: Measuring accessibility based on travelers’ heterogeneous strategies for managing travel time uncertainty," Journal of Transport Geography, 86, 102747.

Miller, H.J., Dodge, S., Miller, J.A. and Bohrer, G. (2019) "Towards an integrated science of movement: Converging research on animal movement ecology and human mobility," International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 33, 855-876.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2018.1564317