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Agenda

15/12/2021

Displacement and greening: from health impacts to counter-mapping

Virtual a les 9.30 to 10:30h Boston/ 15:30 to 16:30 Barcelona

Us convidem al proper IMIM Seminar organitzat pel Programa de recerca en Epidemiologia i Salut Pública de l’IMIM juntament amb el Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability – BCNUEJ (UAB-ICTA) i el Department of Urban studies and Planning del MIT, que tindrà lloc el dimecres 15/12/2021 a les 15:30 h en format hibrid.

El títol general del seminari serà "Displacement and greening: from health impacts to counter-mapping" i constarà de dues parts. La primera part porta per títol "Visualizing Gentrification and Greening through ArcGIS Storymaps -Insights from Urban EJ Struggles" a càrrec de Emilia Oscilowicz & Sarah Bretschko, investigadores del Grup de recerca en ciutats saludables i justícia ambiental de l'IMIM i del Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability - BCNUEJ (UAB-ICTA) i la segona part  "A Mixed Methods Approach to Understand the Impact of Greenspace Redevelopment on Sleep Health of Black Adults in Southwest Atlanta" a càrrec de Patrice C Williams, investigadora del Department of Urban studies and Planning del MIT, EUA.

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We invite you to the next IMIM Seminar organized by the IMIM Epidemiology and Public Health Research Program together with the Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability - BCNUEJ (UAB-ICTA) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, which will take place on Wednesday 15/12/2021 at 15:30 h in a hybrid format.

The general title of the seminar will be "Displacement and greening: from health impacts to counter-mapping" and will consist of two parts. The first part is entitled "Visualizing Gentrification and Greening through ArcGIS Storymaps -Insights from Urban EJ Struggles" by Emilia Oscilowicz & Sarah Bretschko, researchers from the Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice Research Group at IMIM and Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability - BCNUEJ (UAB-ICTA) and the second part "A Mixed Methods Approach to Understand the Impact of Greenspace Redevelopment on Sleep Health of Black Adults in Southwest Atlanta" by Patrice C Williams, researcher at Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, USA.

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Abstract presentation 1

"Visualizing Gentrification and Greening through ArcGIS Storymaps - Insights from Urban EJ Struggles". Emilia Oscilowicz and Sarah Bretschko.

Developed from a larger research project that examined 21 European and North American cities, this StoryMap collection of critical maps addresses how seemingly positive effects of greening and green infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods leads to both the physical and socio-cultural displacement of long-term, racialized, and vulnerable residents. Through critical gentrification indicators, which make up a novel gentrification score, these stories expose injustices associated with greening through a cartographical and geo-data lens. As a means of contestation, the maps also features policies and tools that have been implemented in attempts to ameliorate negative consequences of greening on housing and accessibility of green amenities as well as efforts of mobilized, grassroots, and working-class citizens who demand greening that centers around their communities needs, rather than profit.

Biosketch

  • Sarah Bretschko is an intern researcher at BCNUEJ, where she collaborates on the GreenLULUS project and the FEMPUBLICBCN project. Her research interests include feminist and critical perspectives on sustainability challenges in urban planning, and how to use map-making as a tool for emancipation. She holds a MSc in Sustainability Science at Lund University, and a BSc in Development Studies, also at Lund University. 
  • Emilia Oscilowicz is Research Coordinator for BCNUEJ. Her research interests focus on the intersection of green gentrification, healthy public spaces, and just cities for children and families. She holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning and a BA in Environmental and Sustainable Geography from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. 

Abstract presentation 2

"A Mixed Methods Approach to Understand the Impact of Greenspace Redevelopment on Sleep Health of Black Adults in Southwest Atlanta". Patrice C Williams, PhD, MPH

Municipalities that design greenspace redevelopment (GR) projects need to consider how their decisions/strategies can reconstitute the material and social conditions that drive inequities. To understand the impact of GR on sleep health, we employed a mixed methods approach to study the relationship between social environmental stressors associated with GR, displacement pressure, and multiple sleep dimensions. GR-exposed participants experiencing financial strain had poorer sleep quality. Contributing factors could include the fear of being displaced due to substantial increases in housing costs.

Biosketch

  • Dr. Patrice C Williams is a Research Scientist in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research explores how attributes of the physical and social environments, including urban planning processes and practice, contribute to health inequities among people of color. She holds a PhD in Urban & Regional Planning, MPH in Health Policy, BA in Music, and BS in Biomathematics (honors) from Florida State University. Prior to DUSP, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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