Dave Van Riper

Director of Spatial Analysis

IPUMS Data Projects

Research Interests and Project Expertise

Demographic Data Infrastructure; Census and Survey Methodology; Historical Demography; Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


I have worked at the Minnesota Population Center since 2001, when I started as a graduate research assistant on IPUMS NHGIS. I have been a full-time employee since 2005 and currently serve as Director of Spatial Analysis. In this role, I consult with MPC members on their spatial analysis needs, including project planning, data acquisition/creation/processing, and grant writing.

I am co-Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded grants: IPUMS NHGIS and IPUMS GeoMarker. IPUMS NHGIS provides access to historical and contemporary small-area data, including GIS mapping files, for the United States. IPUMS GeoMarker allows users to securely geocode data and attach neighborhood characteristics to the geocoded output.

I also work on the geographic aspects of other IPUMS products, including IPUMS USA, Historical Census Projects, IPUMS International, and IPUMS DHS.

Selected Publications

Schroeder, J.P., and D.C. Van Riper. 2013. Because Muncie's densities are not Manhattan's: Using geographical weighting in the EM algorithm for areal interpolation. Geographical Analysis45(3):216-237. ID: 88936848 

Wall, M.M., Larson, N.I., Forsyth, A., Van Riper, D.C., Graham, D.J., Story, M.T., and D. Neumark-Sztainer. 2012. Patterns of Obesogenic Neighborhood Features and Adolescent Weight: A Comparison of Statistical Approaches. American Journal of Preventative Medicine42(5):e65-e75. PMCID: 3380614

Sander, H.A., Ghosh, D., van Riper, D., and S.M. Manson. 2010. How do you measure distance in spatial models? An example using open-space valuation. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 37:874-894. WOS: 000284720200009