Lyna Wiggins, Ph.D.

Lyna Wiggins

Associate Professor, Emeritus
B.S., California Polytechnic Institute (San Luis Obispo); M.S., Stanford; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
Research Interests
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Urban applications of GIS
  • Planning methods

Lyna Wiggins is an Associate Professor, Emeritus in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Since the early 1970s, she has been involved in the development and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Lyna’s GIS research focus includes: (1) studying the use and diffusion of the technology, particularly within U.S. planning agencies; (2) examining the institutional issues in GIS implementation, with a focus on issues of data sharing; (3) designing and implementing appropriate GIS for regional planning agencies; and, (4) integrating GIS technology with traditional urban and regional models.

Dr. Wiggins retired from teaching in June, 2020.

View all course offerings and related syllabi

  • Research/Planning & Policy (PhD)
  • Introduction to GIS for Planning and Public Policy
  • Topics in GIS
  • Methods of Planning Analysis II

Recent Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2011: Raymond Sanchez Mayers, Lyna L. Wiggins, Fontaine H. Fulghum, N. Andrew Peterson. “Tobacco Outlet Density and Demographics: A Geographically Weighted Regression Analysis.” Accepted by Prevention Science, September 2011.
  • 2010: Lyna L. Wiggins, Nower, L., Sanchez Mayers, R., and Peterson, N.A. “A Geospatial Statistical Analysis of the Density of Lottery Outlets within Ethnically Concentrated Neighborhoods, Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2010, pp. 486-496.