Gordon McCord is an assistant teaching professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. He has an extensive background in sustainable development and works at the intersection of development economics, public health and the environment. His research often employs spatial data and spatial analysis to explore topics such as the evolving role of geography in economic development, the burden of infectious diseases in a changing climate, the impact of agricultural technology diffusion, and the spatial patterns of violent conflict. Gordon was part of the UN Millennium Project from 2002-2005, and has advised developing country governments on integrated rural development and poverty program targeting using data-driven approaches.