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Mapping Campus-Community Collaborations: Community Geography to Empower Communities and to Understand Sustainability
Event Type:
Lecture
Location:
Palamountain Hall Emerson Auditorium
 
Monday, November 18, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM (ET)
Calendars:
Department Calendar,Public Events Calendar
Contact:
580-5948
Department:Environmental Studies

Liberal arts institutions across the country are engaged in collaborative partnerships with neighboring communities to address local issues and concerns. On many campuses, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies shape the analysis of these local conditions. Community GIS embodies partnerships between educators, students, and community members, applying GIS to projects of value to the community. The growing subfield of community geography places explicit emphasis on partnerships between educators, students and community members, applying GIS to projects of value to the community. Such partnerships identify the spatial thinking and local knowledge that emerge from neighborhood residents’ experiences and seek to affect positive community change in a variety of ways. As an integrated research and education framework dedicated to community-engaged scholarship and citizen science, the subfield holds much promise for developing more inclusive and societal interdisciplinary research agendas. In his presentation, Dr. Hawthorne will discuss community geography as a way to broaden participation of under-represented groups in geographic research and to increase spatial knowledge production in local neighborhoods based on his research in Ohio and Georgia. His talk will focus specifically on the development and implementation of participatory smart phone mapping applications and crowd-sourced mapping platforms to understand urban sustainability issues. He will also discuss undergraduate research opportunities as the PI of a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduate Program titled “REU Site: Addressing Social and Environmental Disparities through Community Geography and Geographic Information Systems” that is accepting students for research between 2012 and 2015.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Studies Program.

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