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