Harvey Miller

Harvey Miller

Harvey Miller

Professor, Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science


(614) 292-5207

1176 Derby Hall

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:

Liu, L., Miller, H.J. and Scheff, J. (2020) “The impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on public transit demand in the United States,” PLOS ONE 15(11): e0242476. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0242476

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,” Scientific Reports, 10, 19579. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76685-z

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102747

Lee, J., Irwin, N., Irwin, E. and Miller, H.J. (2020) "The role of distance-dependent vs. localized amenities in polarizing urban spatial structure: A spatio-temporal analysis of residential location value in Columbus, Ohio, 2000-2015," Geographical Analysishttps://doi.org/10.1111/gean.12238

Liu, L. and Miller, H.J. (2020) "Measuring risk of missing transfers in public transit systems using high-resolution schedule and real-time bus location data," Urban Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020919323

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