After receiving his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, Boeing completed a postdoc in Berkeley’s Urban Analytics Lab. Prior to joining USC, he was an assistant professor of Urban Informatics and Planning at Northeastern University. He has consulted for various planning, policy, and public health organizations including Calthorpe Analytics, The Public Good Projects, UrbanSim Inc, Accenture, and Raimi & Associates.

His research revolves around urban informatics and geospatial data science, transportation planning and housing. Recent projects have focused on 1) the nature and character of urban street networks around the world and 2) how big data and tech platforms shape our understanding of housing affordability. He developed and maintains the OSMnx street network modeling software.

Boeing has presented his recent research in plenary addresses at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting and Architect of the Future Conference, and in an invited presentation at the Venice Biennale. His work has been shortlisted for the Information Is Beautiful Awards and the NetSci Visualization Awards and has been covered by ForbesSlateThe Washington PostThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Boston Globe, and various other media outlets.


Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Information Management, Arizona State University
B.S., Computer Information Systems, Arizona State University

Selected publications

Boeing, G. 2021. “Street Network Models and Indicators for Every Urban Area in the World.” Geographical Analysis, published online before print.

Boeing, G. 2021. “Off the Grid… and Back Again? The Recent Evolution of American Street Network Planning and Design.” Journal of the American Planning Association, 87 (1), 123-137.

Boeing, G., M. Besbris, A. Schachter, and J. Kuk. 2021. “Housing Search in the Age of Big Data: Smarter Cities or the Same Old Blind Spots?” Housing Policy Debate, 31 (1), 112-126.

Boeing, G. 2021. “Spatial Information and the Legibility of Urban Form: Big Data in Urban Morphology.” International Journal of Information Management, 56, 102013.

Liu, S., C. Higgs, J. Arundel, G. Boeing, N. Cerdera, D. Moctezuma, E. Cerin, D. Adlakha, M. Lowe, and B. Giles-Corti. 2021. “A Generalized Framework for Measuring Pedestrian Accessibility around the World Using Open Data.” Geographical Analysis, published online before print.

Boeing, G., J. Wegmann, and J. Jiao. 2020. “Rental Housing Spot Markets: How Online Information Exchanges Can Supplement Transacted-Rents Data.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, published online before print.

Boeing, G. 2020. “Online Rental Housing Market Representation and the Digital Reproduction of Urban Inequality.” Environment and Planning A, 52 (2), 449-468.

Boeing, G. 2020. “A Multi-Scale Analysis of 27,000 Urban Street Networks: Every US City, Town, Urbanized Area, and Zillow Neighborhood.” Environment and Planning B, 47 (4), 590-608.

Boeing, G. 2020. “The Right Tools for the Job: The Case for Spatial Science Tool-Building.” Transactions in GIS, 24 (5), 1299-1314.

Boeing, G. 2020. “Planarity and Street Network Representation in Urban Form Analysis.” Environment and Planning B, 47 (5), 855-869.

Boeing, G. 2020. “Urban Street Network Analysis in a Computational Notebook.” Region, 6 (3), 39-51.

Kang, W., T. Oshan, L.J. Wolf, G. Boeing, V. Frias-Martinez, S. Gao, A. Poorthuis, and W. Xu. 2019. “A Roundtable Discussion: Defining Urban Data Science.” Environment and Planning B, 46 (9), 1756-1768.

Boeing, G. 2019. “Urban Spatial Order: Street Network Orientation, Configuration, and Entropy.” Applied Network Science, 4 (1), 67.

Padgham, M., G. Boeing, D. Cooley, N. Tierney, M. Sumner, T. Phan, and R. Beare. 2019. “An Introduction to Software Tools, Data, and Services for Geospatial Analysis of Stroke Services.” Frontiers in Neurology, 10, 743.

Boeing, G. 2019. “Street Network Models and Measures for Every U.S. City, County, Urbanized Area, Census Tract, and Zillow-Defined Neighborhood.” Urban Science, 3 (1), 28.

Boeing, G. 2018. “Measuring the Complexity of Urban Form and Design.” Urban Design International, 23 (4), 281-292.