Elliot Meador PhD

Research Fellow



Elliot Meador is a computational social scientist and data scientist. He now works as a Rural Development Specialist at Delta Health Alliance in the Mississippi Delta, where he grew up. Previously, he worked as a Research Fellow at SRUC in Edinburgh, Scotland. His academic work focuses on mapping rural resilience in the United States, United Kingdom, Africa, and parts of the Middle East. Specifically, it focuses on understanding how policy impacts regional stability, rural people’s wellbeing, the rural economy, access to healthy foods, and landscape. In addition, Elliot’s research methodological expertise investigates how quantifying one’s social networks can be leveraged to make positive changes related to stability, health, and overall wellbeing through sustainable economic development. Elliot’s research spans North America, Europe, and Africa.


  • Sustainable Development
  • Computational Social Science
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Spatial analysis


  • PhD in Rural Sociology, 2016

    University of Missouri

  • PhD in Minor Applied Statistics, 2016

    University of Missouri

  • MSC Community Development, 2010

    Delta State University

  • BSE Social Science, 2008

    Delta State University

Recent Posts

OpenStreetMap Part 1: Leveraging open source data for development work

Introduction Open-source tools for development work allows for the power of big data, machine learning and AI to come together to …

US 2020 Presidental Election and Rural - Urban Divide

Introduction The US Presidential vote count has nearly finished. Trump is fighting the results in court though appears to have lost, …

U.S. Food Deserts

Introduction A considerable issue today related to food and rural population research are food deserts. Food deserts are a complicated …

Be like me - looping through shortest distance analysis

Introduction I’ve been doing some work lately on social networks that exist between organisations or institutions. This is nice as it …

Covid-19 and Rural Areas in the U.S.

First published on 26-April-2020 Last updated on 16-Aug-2020 Introduction Now that we are square in the middle of the Covid-19 …


Recent & Upcoming Talks

Supporting sustainable and resilient food systems

International Network for Social Network Analysis. Spoke on results from the TGRAINS project. This talk occured virtually due to …

Crop Production in Northern Britian

A talk on findings from a one year investigation of where people get their plant health information online in Scotland.

Recent Publications

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Placing Rwanda’s agriculture boom: trust, women empowerment and policy impact in maize agricultural cooperatives

Trust in one’s cooperative leadership is most important in predicting the likelihood that someone recommends their coopertive to …

Reaching rural: Identifying implicit social networks in community development programmes

Social network analysis of inter-connected board members in Missouri suggests that networks do not purmeate into rural areas of the …