Community Planning, Resilience, and Justice for a Changing Environment

This cluster focuses on creating equitable and sustainable cities by developing both engineering and institutional infrastructure that: 

  • “Prevent harm” to all populations in the planning and design process. This requires: (i) having a right level of awareness of the problems that exist within each of these communities and their subgroups and (ii) ensuring that everyone has the right to access opportunities.  
  • “Provides remedy masures when problems occur,” which implies proactive actions such as disaster mitigation measures and methods that consider the complexity of human-environment systems. Once common issues are defined, good practices and case studies can be defined to recover communities at a faster pace. 

Embrace just access to technology for everyone. This includes Appropriate technology and Context Sensitive designs.


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S. He and K. G. Shin. Socially-Equitable Interactive Graph Information Fusion-based Prediction for Urban Dockless E-Scooter Sharing. Proceedings of The World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2022). 

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Bertolaccini, K., Lownes, N. E., & Mamun, S. A. (2018). Measuring and mapping transit opportunity: An expansion and application of the Transit Opportunity Index. Journal of transport geography71.

Bertolaccini, K., & Lownes, N. E. (2013). Effects of scale and boundary selection in assessing equity of transit supply distribution. Transportation research record2350(1), 58-64.

Cohen, J. P., Lownes, N., & Zhang, B. (2022). Interstate Highways and Homeowner Wealth Distribution. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, forthcoming.

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Kirchhoff CJ, Dilling L. (2016). The role of U.S. states in facilitating effective water governance under stress and change, Water Resources Research, 52(4), 2951-2964.

Lawrence, R. Townsend, J. Ivan, N. Ravishanker, (2017). The Rhetorical Process of Justification in Pedestrian Safety Deliberations. Eastern Communication Association Convention.

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