ECSSI 2019 Workshop

Before you Arrive

– We request you download or at least try to download R, RStudio and QGIS before arriving on campus.
– We need you to have Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice installed.
– Bring your own laptop. You will be given access to WiFi on campus.
R (3.5 or above):
RStudio (frontend to R):


Location: AC-03 LR-004

11:00am-1:00pm Brian Min – Night Lights Data Workshop: Tracking Human Activity from Space
2:00pm-4:00pm Naveen Bharathi – Measuring Residential Segregation in Indian Cities
4:30pm-6:30pm Aaditya Dar – Geospatial Data in Agricultural Economics


Brian Min
Brian Min is Associate Professor of Political Science and Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Power and the Vote: Elections and Electricity in the Developing World (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His research uses high resolution satellite imagery to study the politics of rural electrification across the developing world. He has collaborated closely with the World Bank to develop new methods using remote sensing and statistical algorithms to plan and monitor electrification projects in settings including India, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam. His current research focuses on the political targeting of power outages using high frequency satellite data. He holds degrees from Cornell, Harvard Kennedy School, and UCLA.

Naveen Bharathi
My research interests are at the intersection of political sociology and political economy of identity in India. Specifically, my research explores the relationship between ethnic diversity and development, most broadly conceived. I have written about issues ranging from the relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provisioning to spatial segregation in contemporary urban India. My research has been covered by many media publications and journals. Prior to his career in research, I have worked as an architect and planner in many distinguished architectural and planning firms in India. Currently I am a South Asia Fellow at The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.

Aaditya Dar
I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. My research examines the social, political and historical factors that cause and accentuate poverty, and how individuals and communities can break away from these structural constraints. One strand of my work focuses on political selection, state capacity, conflict and governance. A second strand engages with agrarian issues such as analyzing the welfare consequences of adopting modern technologies. I rely on a variety of methods ranging from randomized controlled trials to natural experiments to inform answers to various questions. I combine applied microeconometric techniques with spatial data, natural language processing of archives, rapid-ethnographies and mini-biographies to provide a “thick description” of research that it is both well grounded and empirically rigorous. My research is supported by funding from Azim Premji University and Foundation, Election Commission of India, International Growth Center and Sigur Center for Asian Studies at The Elliott School of International Affairs.