Department of Geography
Francis T. Koti, Ph. D., GISPAssociate Professor and Chair
Education:Ph.D. West Virginia University M.A. West Virginia University B.Ed. Kenyatta University, Kenya
Research Interests: Website
Dr. Koti's research focuses in the areas of: Participatory geographic information systems (PGIS); African Urbanization; Urban and Regional Planning, Third World Development and Planning; and Regional and Rural Development. He is currently examining the impacts of modern geospatial technologies on social and spatial exclusion in the fringe of Africa’s largest cities. More specifically, he is interested in exploring alternative approaches applicable in data-poor environments, economically depressed areas, and also socially and spatially differentiated social contexts.Recently, Dr. Koti has also gained interest in uneven regional development issues in the State of Alabama. As such, he employs PGIS methodologies to explore how modern geospatial technologies may enhance the capacity of local communities to solve local problems, and also manage resources in the Black Belt region.
Selected Publications and Research Contributions:
Courses:GE 102 - World Regional Geography GE 111 - Principles of Physical Geography I: Weather and Climate
GE 350 - Geography of Africa GE 384 - Geographic Information Systems GE 390 - Urban Geography GE 420/520 - Principles of Urban and Regional Planning GE 600 - Geographic Thought