Spatial dynamics


This chapter provides an overview of exploratory approaches to spatial dynamics. The focus is on the application and evidence within social sciences. Spatial dynamics is concerned about the changes in both the spatial and temporal dimensions. Two types of exploratory methods to spatial dynamics are differentiated. The first type extends classic longitudinal methods to interrogate the role of locations in shaping the temporal dynamics, while the second type extends exploratory spatial data analysis methods to investigate its temporal changes. Example methods for each type are illustrated, including spatial explicit Markov methods, a family of spatially explicit rank concordance, and space-time LISA. Though these methods are promising in advancing spatial and spatiotemporal thinking in social sciences, a lack of dynamic cross-fertilization between the field of geographical methodology and social sciences is recognized.

Handbook of Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences