City and Regional Planning

Elizabeth Delmelle

Elizabeth Delmelle

Associate Professor
Director, MUSA Program

Background & Research

Elizabeth Delmelle is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and is the director of the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program. Her research centers on processes of neighborhood change, urban inequality, and urban transportation. To capture the multidimensionality of these subjects, her research embraces a diversity of data sources and methods including geospatial approaches, machine learning, and traditional inferential statistics. Her research has sought to uncover and map the longitudinal pathways of neighborhood change, the role of public investments like transit in spurring processes of change, and how various urban amenities, extracted from real estate advertisement text, have contributed changes in residential sorting processes.

Prior to arriving at Penn, Delmelle was an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she also earned her Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis. She serves as editor of the Journal of Transport Geography



BS Geographic Science, James Madison University
MA Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo
PhD Geography & Urban Regional Analysis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Recent Publications

Adu, P., & Delmelle, E. C. (2022). Spatial Variations in Exclusionary Criteria from Online Rental Advertisements. The Professional Geographer, 1-11.

Delmelle, E. C. (2022). GIScience and neighborhood change: Toward an understanding of processes of change. Transactions in GIS26(2), 567-584.

Franklin, R. S., Delmelle, E. C., Andris, C., Cheng, T., Dodge, S., Franklin, J., ... & Wentz, E. A. (2022). Making Space in Geographical Analysis. Geographical Analysis.

Delmelle, E. C., & Nilsson, I. (2021). The language of neighborhoods: A predictive-analytical framework based on property advertisement text and mortgage lending data. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems88, 101658.

Delmelle, E., Nilsson, I., & Adu, P. (2021). Poverty suburbanization, job accessibility, and employment outcomes. Social Inclusion9(2), 166.

Delmelle, E. C., Nilsson, I., & Bryant, A. (2021). Investigating transit-induced displacement using eviction data. Housing Policy Debate31(2), 326-341.