Fall 2021 Research Seminar Series

Join us for the School of City & Regional Planning 2021 Fall Research Seminar Series! This year our lecture series will take place virtually via BlueJeans Meetings. We have a great line up this semester and hope to see you online!

Upcoming Seminars

Friday, Oct. 15 from 12:30-1:30pm ET

Fall Research Seminar Series: Gulsah Akar

Join our new chair, Gulsah Akar, and learn about her research!
Friday, Oct. 29 from 9:30-10:30am ET

Fall Research Seminar Series: Sai Balakrishnan

Sai Balakrishnan of UC Berkeley will join us to discuss her research.
Friday, Nov. 12 from 12:30-1:30pm ET

Fall Research Seminar Series: Bill Drummond

Bill Drummond will discuss his research for the "Georgia Drawdown" project.
Friday, Nov. 12 from 12:30-1:30pm ET

Fall Research Seminar Series: Casey Dawkins

Casey Dawkins, author of "Just Housing" will talk about his research.

Previous Seminars

Patrick Condon, University of British Columbia

"Sick City: Disease, Race, Inequality, and Urban Land"

Friday, August 27, 2021 | 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET | BlueJeans

In this seminar, Prof. Patrick Condon will discuss his recent book “Sick City: Disease, Race, Inequality, and Urban Land.” 

This book addresses a host of overlapping crises that America is confronted with. The current pandemic, systemic racism, economic inequality and housing affordability are all at a critical stage. His hypothesis is that urban land, its location, ownership, price, and the sacrifices people have to make to gain access to it, is a large part of the problem and can be a large part of the cure for these overlapping crises. 

What distinguishes this volume from other works on these topics is the contention that it is the land under the building, and its price, that is far more important than any other single factor in determining who gets sick, who struggles to keep a roof over their heads, and who lives pay- check to paycheck.

Clio Andris, Georgia Tech

"Planning for Social Life: Representing and visualizing interpersonal relationships and social life as geospatial data"

Friday, September 3, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET | BlueJeans

Supporting and enhancing interpersonal connections and social life is a pressing issue in an increasingly digital world, a post-pandemic world, and an engaged planning world. Although interpersonal relationships are a key part of human spatial and social behavior, they remain a largely invisible part of maps and urban planning data. Prevailing methods of mapping demographic data do not sufficiently represent human behavior, and newer behavioral data (mobility, check-ins, tweets, etc.), are rarely used to represent personal ties in space.

To use social relationship information in urban planning and urban analytics, we must first represent relationships as spatial data. Here, we list possibilities for representing the presence and magnitude of relationships and social life as spatial data using vector (point, line, polygon) and raster structures. We describe currently available data and potential uses. The goal of this work is to provide planners with new methods to show the presence and vitality of relationships, social life and civic indicators, and how these indicators may correlate with features of geographic space. With this overview of representation options, GIScientists may see a clearer path to using relationship variables in spatial models, just as human behavioral and demographic features are used today.

Sudheer Chava, Georgia Tech

"Communities as Stakeholders: Impact of Corporate Bankruptcies on Local Governments"

Friday, September 17, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET | BlueJeans

I will present the results of our study that finds the bankruptcy of a publicly listed manufacturing firm increases bond yields of the counties in which the firm has a significant presence. Affected counties that are subject to budgetary restrictions on debt, revenue, or expenditure, reduce their investment in education and other public services. This negative impact is amplified when the county is more dependent on the industry of the bankrupt firm and its upstream suppliers. However, counties located in pro-business states are less affected. Our results highlight how local communities are a major stakeholder in public firms and can be adversely affected by their financial distress.

Paige Clayton, Georgia Tech

"Which start-ups benefit most from entrepreneurial support organization participation?"

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET | BlueJeans

Missing from the literature on local entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) is an understanding of which firms benefit most from participating and whether founder characteristics moderate the relationship between ESO participation and firm outcomes. Recent studies indicate women and minority groups as well as different types of start-ups experience local entrepreneurship differently (Cowell et al. 2018; Harper-Anderson 2017; Motoyama et al. 2021).

Another important question is whether firms whose founders already have high levels of social and human capital benefit more from ESO participation. My recent work addresses this gap using an historically rich and detailed database of the universe of 865 life sciences firms founded in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina between 1991 and 2015 (Feldman & Lowe 2015). I examine whether certain founders benefit more from ESO participation than others in terms of their funding acquisition and sales. Specifically, I examine differential impacts of ESO participation based on founder gender, prior industry involvement, and whether the founder is a serial entrepreneur.

Karen Umemoto, UCLA

"Truce: Lessons from an LA Gang War"

Friday, October 1, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET | BlueJeans

This talk will focus on the process of conducting an ethnography of a gang war in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Oakwood, just blocks from the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. The study provides a rare eyewitness account of the urban violence pervasive in the recent history of the United States. With seventeen people killed and more than fifty injured, the hostilities over ten months in 1993 and 1994 marked the peak of gang violence in the history of Los Angeles, a city that has been labeled the "gang capitol of the nation." The conflict began as a quarrel among individuals, some of whom had gang affiliations.  Over time, the feud engulfed families and soon grew into a sustained clash between African American and Latino gangs. Eventually, victims fell who were not members of opposing gangs, but who fit certain racial and gender profiles. The conflict began to take on the attributes of what one local media sensationalized as a "race war."

Karen Umemoto lived nearby during this time period and undertook two years of ethnographic research during and immediately following the spate of killings. Her interviews with gang members, neighborhood residents, business leaders, police officers, gang-intervention workers, and others reveal the complexity of contemporary American urban conflict.  She will discuss her research approach for handling the differences in interpretations among combatants, witnesses and interveners whose actions often had unintended consequences.


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