Andrey Petrov

Department of Geography
Faculty - Assistant Professor of Geography

Faculty - Director, Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research Lab

Faculty - Academic Director, GeoTREE Center


Ph.D. University of Toronto (Economic Geog/GIS); Ph.D. Herzen University (Spatial Demography); M.A. University of Northern Iowa; B.S./B.A. Herzen University

Research Interests

Arctic social and socio-ecological systems, sustainability, human development and global change in remote communities, Indigenous people, Russia, Canada

Human Geography: economic geography, spatial population analysis, regional analysis and planning, human capital and labor dynamics, international/regional development, human dimensions of climate change

GIScience: GIS and statistical techniques for advanced spatial analysis and modeling, socio-economic aspects of land use-land cover change, applied remote sensing

Grants and Projects (total support: 2.1 million)

RCN-SEES Arctic-FROST: Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability (NSF)

Atlas of Russian Census 2010 (NCEEER)

REU Site: Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Hyperspectral Imaging (NSF)

Creative Arctic: Creative Capital and Development in the Arctic (NSF)

3D Intelligent Dasymetric Mapping (NASA ISGC)

Arctic Social Indicators & Arctic Human Development Report (NCM)

Taimyr Reindeer and Environmental Change (NASA ISGC)

Resources and Sustaimable Development in the Arctic (SSHRC)

3D Intelligent Dasymetric Mapping (NASA ISGC)

Hyperspectral Imaging of Arctic Environments (NSF)

Wind Resources and Turbine Placement in Iowa (NSF)

Climate Change and Arctic Wildfires (NASA ISGC)

Teaching Interests

Human Geography: economic geogarphy, population geography, international/regional development

GIScience: GIS applications, spatial analysis and modeling


Associate Editor, Polar Geography; U.S. Representative, Human & Social Working Group, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC); Councilor, International Arctic Social Sciences Assassination (IASSA); Vice-Chair, Polar Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (AAG).

Selected Publications

Books, edited volumes and monographs

  • Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation. Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland. 2013. Eds. with J. Larsen & P. Schweitzer
  • Geo-population processes in the Russian and Canadian North in the 1990s. A Synopsis. St. Petersburg. 22 p. 2006. [in Russian]

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • Using Machine-Learning Algorithms for Wind Turbine Site Suitability Modeling in Iowa, USA. Wind Energy 2014. with Jordan Wessling*
  • Creative Alaska: Creative Capital and Economic Development Opportunities in Alaska. Polar Record, 49(4), 2013, 348-361with Philip Cavin*
  • Northwest Territories, Canada. In Arctic Social Indicators II.  Stefansson Arctic Institute/Norden, Akureyri, Iceland. 2013† with Leslie King & Philip Cavin*, 85-121
  • Introduction to Arctic Social Indicators: Tracking change in human development in the Arctic. In Larsen, J., Schweitzer P., & Petrov, A. (eds.) Arctic Social Indicators II.  Stefansson Arctic Institute/Norden, Akureyri, Iceland. 2013† with J. Larsen, P. Schweitzer & G. Fondahl, 10-46
  • Conclusion: Measuring Change in Human Development in the Arctic. In Arctic Social Indicators II.  Larsen, J., Schweitzer P., & Petrov, A. (eds.) Arctic Social Indicators II.  Stefansson Arctic Institute/Norden, Akureyri, Iceland. 2013† with J. Larsen, P. Schweitzer, 304-324
  • The North. Balancing Tradition and Change. In R. Tremblay & H. Chicoine (eds.). The Geographies of Canada. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013. 393-452 with G. Laidler, 393-452
  • Indigenous Minorities and Post-Socialist Transition: A review of recent Aboriginal population trends in the Russian North. In Romanuc A. & Trovato, F. (eds.). Aboriginal Populations – Social, Demographic, and Epidemiological Dimensions. University of Alberta Press: Edmonton 2013†, 497-527. 
  • One Hundred Years of Dasymetric Mapping: Back to the Origins. The Cartographic Journal 2012 49(3), 256-264.
  • Mapping Long-Term Spatial Trends of the Taimyr Wild Reindeer Population. Rangifer, 32(1), 2012, 57-63 with A. Pestereva, L. Kolpashchikov and V. Mikhailov
  • Redrawing the Margin: Re-examining Regional Multichotomies and Conditions of Marginality in Canada, Russia and their Northern Frontiers. Regional Studies, 2011 DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2010.485180 (printed: Regional Studies, 46(1), 59-81)
  • Beyond Spillovers: Interrogating Innovation and Creativity in the Peripheries. In H. Bathelt, M. Feldman, and D. F. Kogler (eds.). Beyond Territory: Dynamic Geographies of Innovation and Knowledge Creation. 2011. Routledge, 168-190
  • Post-staple bust: Modeling economic effects of mine closures and post-mine demographic shifts in an arctic economy (Yukon). Polar Geography, 33(1/2), 2010 39-61
  • Migration and socio-economic well-being in the Russian North: Interrelations, regional differentiation, recent trends and emerging issues In Huskey, L. & Southcott, www.uni.eduCh. (eds.). Migration in the Circumpolar North: New Concepts and Patterns. 2010 CCI Press, Edmonton, AB; 163-192 with T. Vlasova
  • Fate Control (Chapter 7). In Arctic Social Indicators.  Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland, 2010, 131-148 with G. Fondahl, J. Dahl and R. Fjellmann.
  • Quantifying spatiotemporal dynamics of agricultural landscapes in diverging development contexts using remotely sensed data and landscape metrics. Geocarto International, 24(3), 2009, 133-140. with R. Sugumaran
  • Setting the record straight: On the Russian origins of dasymetric mapping. Cartographica – The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization , 2008, 43(2), 133-136
  • Lost Generations? Reviewing Indigenous population dynamic in the Russian North during the Post-Soviet period. Canadian Studies in Population, 2008, 35(2)
  • 18.  Human Geography: Conceptual status and self-identification. Izvestiya Rossiiskoi Akademii Nauk, Seriya Geograficheskaya. [Transactions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Geography Series] with Yu.N. Gladky, 2008, 3 [in Russian]
  • A talent in the cold? Creative class and the future of the Canadian North. ARCTIC – Journal of the Arctic Institute of North America, 2008, 61(2) , 162-176
  • A look beyond metropolis: Exploring creative class in the Canadian periphery. Canadian Journal of Regional Science. 2007, 30(3) 359-386
  • Revising the Harris-Todaro framework to model labour migration from the Canadian northern frontier. Journal of Population Research. 2007, 24(2), 185-206
  • Contract federalism? New public management and reforming Aboriginal public employment and training services in the Canadian North. In John F. Young (ed.) Federalism, Power and the North: Governance reforms in Russia and Canada, CERES, Toronto. 2007, 107-131. with R. DiFrancesco
  • The structure of the geoelectoral space in the two-party system (2004 US Presidential elections). Izvestiya Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obshchestva. [Transactions of the Russian Geographic Society] 2006, 138(6), 47-58 with V. A. Dobroskok [in Russian]
  • Applications of LISA-analysis for studying spatial processes in human geography. Izvestiya Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obshchestva. 2005, 137(6), 65-71 with V. A. Dobroskok [in Russian].
  • Monitoring and modeling cropland loss in rapidly growing urban and depopulating rural counties using remotely sensed data and GIS. Geocarto International. 2005, 20(4), 45-52 with R. Sugumaran
  • The effect of spatial resolution of remotely sensed data in dasymetric mapping of residential areas. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 2005, 42(2), 113-130 with A. Bozheva and R. Sugumaran

Courses Taught

News items

  • I am looking for GIS graduate students in the area of wind resources and turbine placement modeling to work for NSF project
  • I am looking for graduate students in Arctic studies (social systems and human-environment interactions)
  • ----these positions typically have full funding


GEOG3310/6286 Geog. Info Sys. I


GEOG4310/5310 GIS Applications

GEOG4210/5210 Demography and Population Geography


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