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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 — URBAN STUDIES & SUSTAINABILITY: Incorporating Data Science into the Urban Studies & Sustainability Curriculum

WSSU’s Target Infusion Project titled – Integrating Data Science into the Urban Studies & Sustainability Program (TIP – IDSUSSP) seeks to expose undergraduate students interested in the field of Urban Studies & Sustainability to data science. Through the use of data, urban studies can help reshape the world’s cities into more sustainable places.

Spatial Justice Indicators

This research proposal seeks to explore the issue of spatial justice through the development of a Spatial Justice Index (SJI). To date, most work associated with spatial justice has been qualitative and case study based. In this research, the SJI will be created by quantitatively exploring geographic (i.e. land uses, distance to parks, schools, vices, etc.), demographic (i.e. race, ethnicity, age, etc.) and socio-economic variables (i.e. income, education, poverty, etc.) of census tracts in an effort to apply the concept of spatial (in)justice to NC communities.

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. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2020 EVENTS

JANUARY

January 23, 2020 at 12:15pm
Seeking Spatial Justice: The Impact of Urban Planning on Economic Mobility, Presentation by Dr. Russell M. Smith
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem
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FEBRUARY

February 27, 2020, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Transportation is Everything, Featuring Dr. Russell M. Smith
Location: Wake Forest University, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium
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APRIL

April 22, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:45pm – Canceled
Consequence of Sprawl: Designing the Unequal Metropolis, Presentation by Dr. Reid Ewing, University fo Utah (Open to the public, registration required)
Location: Enterprise Center, Winston-Salem, NC

April 23, 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm – Canceled
Sprawl and its Impact on the Community Workshop, Featuring Dr. Reid Ewing, University of Utah (Open to the public, registration required)
Location: Enterprise Center, Winston-Salem, NC

SEPTEMBER

September 2, 2020, Time: TBA
Keynote Address – NCAUG 2020 Annual Conference
Location: Virtual 

September 25, 2020
Spatial Justice Studio Faculty/Community Fellows Program Applications Due!

OCTOBER

October 22, 2020, 2:30-4:00 PM
Spatial Justice and Housing Policy Presentation, Presentation by Dr. Simone Tulumello, University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences
Location: Virtual
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NOVEMBER

November 18, 2020, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Triad GIS Day (Advanced registration required)
Location: Virtual
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2021 EVENTS

JANUARY

Leadership Winston-Salem Virtual Presentation, Human Relations Program, “Seeking Spatial Justice in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC?”
January 13, 2021
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FEBRUARY

Wake Forest Baptist Health Virtual Presentation, Be Brave Series, “A Historical Perspective: Seeking Spatial Justice in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC?”
February 19, 2021
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“Toward a Black Geographies: Pedagogy and Praxis” Movie Series
Not In My Neighbourhood
February 26, 2021
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MARCH

“Toward a Black Geographies: Pedagogy and Praxis” Movie Series
We Rise for Our Land
March 23, 2021
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MAY

Spatial Justice Network Event, “Spatial (In)Justice in the Post-COVID City”
May 26th, Noon – 2:00pm (Virtual Discussion)
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JULY

Exploring Environmental Justice with PEA
July 19th, 7pm, Forsyth Tech Community College
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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.

Segregated by Design
‘Segregated By Design’ examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

The City and Spatial Justice — Edward W. Soja

Spatial Justice and Planning — Susan S. Fainstein

Spatial Justice: Towards an Ethics of Spatial Equity — J. Bissett-Scott, Delle Odeleye, Ian Frame

Spatializing the Urban, Part I — Edward Soja

Why Discuss Spatial Justice in Urbanism Studies? — Roberto Rocco

Winston-Salem’s Residential Segregation History — Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant

Spatial Justice Network

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OFFICE LOCATION

Spatial Justice Studio
Center for Design Innovation
450 Design Ave,

Winston-Salem, NC 27101