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OUR MISSION

The Spatial Justice Studio (SJS) seeks to establish and sustain interinstitutional, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral programs that bring faculty, students and the community together across disciplines into diverse experiences to develop meaningful solutions to issues related to spatial (in)justice. The SJS will explore alternative possibilities for urban areas and ways of achieving more equitable urban futures through active research agendas, engaged teaching practices and community based participatory research which will lead to the creation/regeneration of equitable, functional and sustainable communities for all.

OUR TOPICS 

Uneven distribution of resources
Just sustainability
Spatial planning
Gated communities
Gentrification
Urban resiliency
Climate change
Urban heat islands
Environmental justice
Smart cities
Food deserts
Education
Local government boundary change Gerrymandering
Electoral redistricting
Access to healthcare
Transportation desert
Spatial mismatch

SPATIAL JUSTICE STUDIO EVENTS

OUR WORK

Spatial Justice Studio Faculty/Community Fellows Program

The Faculty / Community Fellows program is open to all faculty at UNCSA and WSSU, as well as interested community members. This year’s program will also allow past fellows to reapply for funding to continue their research into issues of spatial justice impacting the community.

NSF HBCU-UP TIP: Incorporating Data Science into the Urban Studies & Sustainability Curriculum

This project seeks to expose undergraduate students interested in the field of Urban Studies and Sustainability to data science.

Spatial Justice Research Coordination Network

The objective of the SJ-RCN is to engage scholars from across
disciplines and universities in an effort to further develop the theory of spatial justice.

Spatial Justice Indicators

More information to come.

SPATIAL JUSTICE STUDIO, FACULTY LEAD

Dr. Russell M. Smith is a Professor of Geography in the Department of History, Politics & Social Justice and the Faculty Lead for the newly established Spatial Justice Studio at the Center for Design Innovation (SJS @ CDI). He received his doctoral degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

2019–2020 SPATIAL JUSTICE FELLOWS

coming soon

2018–2019 SPATIAL JUSTICE FELLOWS

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JOSEPH SLOOP

Spatial Justice Community Fellow

Project:
Brownfield Data Collection and Mapping in East Winston

joseph sloop

PAUL KRON

Spatial Justice Community Fellow

Project:
Brownfield Data Collection and Mapping in East Winston

Kristen Haaf

KRISTEN HAAF

Spatial Justice Community Fellow

Project:
Measuring Green Infrastructure Equity for Winston-Salem

Joanne Moore

JOANNE MOORE

UNCSA Spatial Justice Studio Faculty Fellow

Project:
Examining the Impact of Accessibility to Movie Theatres on Urban Communities

Sangkwon Lee

SANGKWON LEE

WSSU Spatial Justice Faculty Fellow

Project:
The Distribution of Public Recreation and Sport Amenities and Socioeconomic Characteristics in Communities: An Application of Distributive Justice Framework

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SEPTEMBER

September 30 — SJS Faculty/Community Fellows applications due
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OCTOBER
October 11 — “Dismantling the Architecture of Segregation” Conference
Rutgers University – Camden
ABSTRACT

October 24 — “Urban Form and Economic Mobility” presentation at ACSP Conference
Greenville, SC

ABSTRACT

NOVEMBER

November 1 — North Carolina Geographic Society Annual Meeting
UNC-Greensboro
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November 6 — Triad Gentrification Symposium
WSSU
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November 13 — Triad GIS Day
Triad Park 

November 14 — WSSU GIS Day
WSSU
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November 18-19 — “Rethinking Favelas, Housing and Sustainability in Brazil”
WSSU

PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

RESOURCES

Justice Spatiale – Spatial Justice
A forum for international debates about spatial justice, in a pluridisciplinary perspective.

Just Space—Community groups supporting each other on London planning
20 May: Just Space has responded to the document produced by the Mayor and still considers that the draft London Plan is unsound because the Public Sector Equalities Duty has not been discharged.

Spatial History Project – Stanford University
The Spatial History Project at Stanford University is a place for a collaborative community of students, staff, and scholars to engage in creative spatial, textual and visual analysis to further research in the humanities.

Spatial justice – Wikipedia
Spatial justice links together social justice and space, most notably in the works of geographers David Harvey and Edward W. Soja. The organization of space is a crucial dimension of human societies and reflects social facts and influences social relations (Henri Lefebvre, 1968, 1972).Consequently, both justice and injustice become visible in space.

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OFFICE LOCATION

Spatial Justice Studio
Center for Design Innovation
450 Design Ave,

Winston-Salem, NC 27101