spatial@ucsb recognizes the following campus, national, and international initiatives as both parallel and complementary to its own objectives for advancing spatial perspectives in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

ARC Research Network

ARC Research Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science
ARCRNSISS is a network of social science researchers in Australia committed to applications of spatial analysis in the social sciences. Its training and research initiatives are managed through the University of Queensland.

Center for Geographic Analysis

The Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University
Founded in 2006, this center is a university-wide technology platform in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science that administers Harvard-wide GIS infrastructure, collects and disseminates spatial datasets, and provides training and consultation in the use of geospatial technologies.

Institute for Geoinformatics

Institute for Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics is the science of modelling spatio-temporal processes computationally. The Institute of Geoinformatics in Münster provides bachelor, master and phd degrees in geoinformatics.


LEarNing Spatially (LENS), University of Redlands

LENS is a campus-wide initiative promoting spatial literacy as a
foundational component within a liberal arts university.

SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition

SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition

Spatial Cognition is concerned with the acquisition, organization, utilization and revision of knowledge about spatial environments, be it real or abstract, human or machine. Research issues range from the investigation of human spatial cognition to mobile robot navigation. The goal of the SFB/TR 8 is to investigate the cognitive foundations for human-centered spatial assistance systems.

SPIN lab

Spatial Information Laboratory, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The SPIN Lab serves the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It carries out research and education on spatial and geo-information related to issues in land-use management, climate change, health care, and mobile field work using such innovative technologies as wireless location services, web mapping, 3D visualization, and ubiquitous computing.

Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center

Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center

SILC is an NSF-funded Science of Learning Center that brings together scientists and educators from Temple University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to pursue the overarching goals of understanding spatial learning and using this knowledge to develop programs and technologies that will transform educational practice.


SPatial Literacy IN Teaching

SPLINT is a joint initiative of the University of Leicester, University College London, and the University of Nottingham, funded as a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Centre Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The focus of SPLINT is to enhance spatial literacy in higher education. Their partner institutions’ websites provide resources and information about their teaching, research, and outreach activities.

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Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences

Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4), Brown University

S4 was founded in 2003 as an interdisciplinary initiative to serve researchers, instructors, and students at Brown University. It is dedicated to the use of spatial analysis for understanding the impacts of spatial relations and contextual effects on human behavior and related social science issues.

TeachSpatial - resources for spatial teaching and learning

TeachSpatial—resources for spatial teaching and learning

TeachSpatial is a prototype and a work-in-progress. Our goal is to aid in the development of explicit spatial learning objectives from a multi- or cross-disciplinary perspective.

Last modified: April 21, 2014