It’s in our DNA is to collaborate for making a difference with spatial thinking and digital geography.

As front-line researchers and educators, we are dedicated to:

    • deploying the power of people, place and time;
    • presenting information as maps;
    • promoting environmental sustainability and human well-being; and
    • fostering actionable research and informed decision-making.

Our partners are a cross-cutting array of researchers, businesses, non-profits, NGOs and other entities from a wide range of disciplines and industries that analyze, model and visualize location-based data.Our undergraduate, masters and doctoral students and alumni are change agents, empowered with capabilities to help address global challenges.

Our internationally-recognized faculty are contributors to the rapidly-evolving body of geospatial knowledge.

Join with us as we plumb the depths of data to bring out the compelling stories in search of solutions, answers and decisions for a more sustainable and healthy planet.

With kind regards,
John P. Wilson
Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute; Co-Director, Measurement and Modeling Core, Southern California Health Sciences Research Center; Professor, Department of Sociology, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; School of Architecture; Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Computer Science, Viterbi School of Engineering: and Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC; Editor, Transactions in GIS

SSI in numbers


Student awards and prizes 2010-2022


SSI’s total FY 23 revenue (instruction, research and gifts)


M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology degrees awarded 2010-2022


USC Nu Theta Chapter Gamma Theta Upsilon honors society inducted members 2018-2023


Affiliated faculty with the Spatial Sciences Institute


Undergraduates taught in SSI general education courses 2010-2022