Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2017
Matt Hauer, a recent doctoral graduate in geography, has academic training spanning sociology, demography and population geography, or “spatial demography.” He displays remarkable acumen in identifying timely policy-relevant research topics and is recognized for his dissertation, which explored sea level rise and human migration. He developed his own population projection methods that addressed the limitations of existing approaches, and, working with detailed geographic assessments of sea level, he generated the first national estimates of sea level rise-induced migration and its impacts. He has already developed a keen ability to communicate his research in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental settings and is a sought-after speaker and participant in policy-making. Hauer is currently a faculty member at UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and serves as director of the CVIOG Applied Demography Program.