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Ryan Hanson, Ph.D.

GIS Projects Manager
901.678-2869 | rbhanson@memphis.edu

Ryan HansonRyan Hanson joined the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research as GIS Projects Manager in 2006. He attended the University of Memphis where he received a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, an M.S. in Business administration, and an M.A. in Geography.

Dr. Hanson currently maintains the Memphis Economy website, a data center, and a web publication focusing on the economic issues for the Greater Memphis Region.

He previously worked at the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, Memphis Center City Commission, and Shelby County Tax Assessor. In addition to working with the SBBER, Dr. Hanson has also worked with the Center for Partnerships in Geographic Information Systems and the Center for Intermodal Freight Research at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Hanson specializes in computerized mapping and spatial data analysis. His research interests relate to economic development, demographics, public health, real estate, and urban issues.