Tony Grubesic

Tony Grubesic

Associate Dean for Research & Professor


Grubesic is a professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas - Austin, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Research and directs the Geoinformatics & Policy Analytics Laboratory (GPAL). Grubesic is an FAA certified commercial drone pilot. Author of over 160 publications, his research interests explore the intersections of infrastructure systems with the social and environmental sciences. Over the past five years, his research teams attracted nearly $10 million in external funding from both government and industry. Grubesic currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Computers, Environment & Urban Systems and Telematics & Informatics. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Regional Science Review.


Willamette University (B.A. Political Science)

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (B.S., Geography)

University of Akron (M.A., Geography and Planning)

Ohio State University (Ph.D., Geographic Information Science)

Ohio State University (Postdoctoral Scholar, Regional Science)

Areas Of Specialization

Public Health
Transport Systems and Policy
Urban and Environmental Planning
Socio-Technical Studies
Urban Informatics
Geographic Information Science

Recent Publications

Nelson, J. R., & Grubesic, T. H. (2019). Oil spill modeling: computational tools, analytical frameworks, and emerging technologies. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment, 43(1), 129143.

Helderop, E. and Grubesic, T. H. (2019), Hurricane storm surge in Volusia County, Florida: evidence of a tipping point for infrastructure damage. Disasters, 43: 157-180. doi:10.1111/disa.12296

Murray, A. T., & Grubesic, T. H. (2019). Evolving Regional Analytics in a Rural World. International Regional Science Review.

Edward Helderop, Kristin M. Ferguson, Tony H. Grubesic, and Kimberly Bender, "Predicting Movement of Homeless Young Adults: Artificial Neural Networks and Generalized Linear Models," Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research 9, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 89-106.

Grubesic, T., Wei, R. & Nelson, J. Protecting Sensitive Coastal Areas with Exclusion Booms during Oil Spill Events. Environmental Modeling & Assessment (2018).

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Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2022FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Mapping For The Common Good
2021FallI 310DIntroduction to Human-Centered Data Science
2021SpringI 310DIntroduction to Human-Centered Data Science
2020FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Mapping For The Common Good
2020SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Mapping For The Common Good