Spatial Dynamics of Human Populations:  Some Basic Models

Robert A. Hanneman

Department of Sociology
University of California, Riverside



The work reported here was funded, in part, by a grant for Innovative Uses of Computers in Instruction provided by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Computing and Communications (Charles Rowley), on the recommendation of the U.C.R. Academic Senate's Committee on Computers and Information Technology (2004-05).

Mr. James Lin, Director of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences College Computing unit provided consulting assistance in the preparation of the grant proposal.  This unit (C3) also provided supervision and mentoring to our student intern, Mr. Ray Holguin, who performed most of the programming work behind the models presented here.

Various parts of the work reported here were greatly advanced by ideas and insights of a number of colleagues, including James Lin, Ray Holguin, Shaun Bowler, Larry Li, Christopher Chase-Dunn, and Peter Turchin.  The work here also benefited from the opportunity to interact with Chase-Dunn's Institute for Research on World Systems, from an Engineering and Social Sciences working group developing a proposal on spatial processes, and the Biocomplexity research group headed by Ellstrand, Li, and Richard Sutch.  The work reported here would not have been possible without the generous intellectual support of numerous faculty and students in social sciences, ecology, life-sciences and engineering.  The failings of the work reported here, of course, should be attributed to the author.

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