Morton O'Kelly

Morton O'Kelly

Morton O'Kelly

Emeritus Faculty

(614) 292-8744

1062 Derby Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Network Analysis
  • Logistics
  • Transportation
  • Spatial Interaction Models


  • Ph.D. 1981 Geography, McMaster University
  • M.A. 1978 Geography, McMaster University
  • B.A. (Hons.) 1976 Geography and Economics, University College Dublin

Current CV:


Interests: Network Analysis, Logistics, Transportation, Spatial Interaction Models. Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, CURA

Current Research: My current NSF-funded research continues my long standing interest in hub location problems. The new ideas reflect a blend of optimization with an analysis of environmental impacts of hub and gateway systems: a consequence of high levels of global interaction. Thanks to collaborations with former graduate students, I have also developed a strong interest in commuting. Finally, as an indication of my diverse interests, I have worked on a series of papers with an historical view of US transport and development.

Courses Taught:
Geography 3300-Transport security (co-designed course; future course offering)
Geography 5300/8300-Transport and network analysis
Geography 5275/6271/8271-Location theory and methods
Geography 7101-Research Design

Select Publications:
O'Kelly, M.E., 2012. The Role of Geographic Expertise in International Border Disputes: a Study of the Middle of Lake Erie through Historical and Cartographic Perspectives. Forthcoming Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Lee, G. and M.E. O'Kelly, 2011. "Competitive location modeling with rank proportional allocation."Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. 38, 411-428.

Sang, S., O'Kelly, M.E., and M.P. Kwan, 2011 Examining Commuting Patterns: Results from a Journey-to-Work Model Disaggregated by Gender and Occupation. Urban Studies, 48(5), 891-909.

O'Kelly, M.E., 2010. Entropy Based Spatial Interaction Models for Trip Distribution. Geographical Analysis, 42(4), 472-487.

O'Kelly, M.E., 2010. Routing traffic at hub facilities. Networks and Spatial Economics. 10, 173-191.