Human Systems and the Environment

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Humans play an integral role shaping our landscape and environment. Teaching and research in Human Systems and Environment (HSE) seeks to understand how human systems evolve, influence and are influenced by this dynamic relationship.

At UNT, geography faculty and students in the HSE core draw on expertise in health, urban, economic and social issues to provide insights and analysis that can contribute to solutions to some of the most significant problems people currently face.

We are conducting research around the world in such places as Canada, Mexico, Peru, Ghana, China and the Middle East. We specialize in urban and economic geography, GIS, health and medical geography and human-environment interactions. The table below breaks out our HSE research interests by sub-area and faculty member.

Urban/Economic Geography

  • urban development (Ahmed, Chatterjee, Fry,  Rice)
  • corporate and retail geography (AhmedRice)
  • industrial ecology (Rice)
  • rural-urban interactions (Fry)
  • economic geography, investments and finance capital (Ahmed)

GIS Applications in Human Systems

  • population estimation (Dong)
  • disaster assessment (Dong)
  • land-use and land-cover change (Dong, Fry)
  • location modeling and optimization (Oppong, Tiwari)

Health and Medical Geography

Human-Environment Interactions

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