Kevin Kane, PhD

I am Regional Planner in the Research & Analysis department of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). A sample of my mapping work can be found in the link above. My PhD in Geography was completed at Arizona State University, followed by a Postdoc at the Metropolitan Futures Initiative at the University of California - Irvine. My research interests include urban land-use change, neighborhood change, regional economic development, demographic forecasting, spatial analysis and modeling, sustainable cities, and urban transportation.

My research methods involve GIS and statistics, and my published work includes analyses of land change in Arizona, development finance in Chicago, employment dynamics in Southern California, and regional innovation dynamics.

News and Events

1/31/2019: I recently taught a 2-hour introduction to programming in R tutorial at SCAG as a part of the LA School of Data.

8/15/2017: I will be co-hosting a webinar on the MFI's most recent quarterly report on business relocations in Southern California. Click here to register!

4/12/2017: The MFI and the OC chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-OC) are co-hosting a forum on Shaping a Sustainable Built Environment in Orange County

2/22/2017: London School of Economics' US Centre blogs about my research with the MFI: In Los Angeles, the geography of where people work has been experiencing rapid change.

9/29/2016: Dr. John Hipp and I address the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Panel on Community, Economic, and Human Development

7/20/2016: Listen to me and MFI Director Dr. John Hipp during our appearance on The City Square, a radio talk show discussing policy in Orange County. 

7/11/2016: The new MFI website is up and running! Click here to check out our quarterly report series, videos, and web mapping applications.

7/1/2016: Watch me discuss Detecting Job Density Over Time in the MFI video series.