Crime & Justice Policy

Caglar Koylu

  • Research Fellow, Crime and Justice Policy Research Program
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences


Caglar Koylu is currently conducting collaborative research identifying social and ecological factors that distinguish high-crime neighborhoods from low-crime neighborhoods using land use, demographic, and social media data. Koylu’s research focuses on developing and evaluating new theories, visual and computational approaches to understanding complex patterns from large geo-social networks, i.e., networks embedded in geographic space and time such as migration, human mobility and communication, flows of information, innovation and capital, social and family networks, and commodity flows.

Research Interests

  • Geographic information science
  • Visual analytics
  • Human computer interaction
  • Geo-social networks

Educational Background

  • PhD, Geography, University of South Carolina, 2014
  • MS, Geodetic and Geographic Information Technologies,¬†Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2008