Using geospatial technologies and data to promote an alternative ethics of policymaking and policy analysis: Mitigation of urban warming in a Latin American city

Recent research has demonstrated that unfettered urbanization is closely associated with urban warming in residential areas of cities throughout Latin America. As part of the EthicalGEO initiative, I would like to collaborate with residents, local stakeholders and community organizations in the comisarías of Molas and Cholul, two contrasting peri-urban areas of Mérida, Mexico under imminent threat of largely unregulated residential and urban development, to devise grass-roots policy proposals for conservation and sustainable land use, which ultimately would minimize the effects of urbanization on urban warming and the local heat island effect. This intervention builds on my recent research and addresses an increasingly relevant social and environmental issue; it would make use of GIS, GPS, satellite imagery and spatial analysis and take context, complexity, coherence and local knowledge into account.

I plan to collaborate on this initiative with one or two undergraduate students at The City College of New York via the Colin Powell School’s recently launched Climate Policy Fellows Initiative. In addition, the project has support from stakeholders in Mérida, including the city’s Office for Sustainable Development, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY.

Gerrymandering & Ethical GIS

Gerrymandering has been a problem throughout American history, but it is particularly pervasive today thanks to advances in geospatial technology. This project shines a light on the ethical challenges geospatial technologies pose to American democracy by: 1) assembling open historical GIS data depicting political gerrymandering in action, and 2) bringing together the technologists, journalists and researchers imagining a future in which geospatial technology is used to strengthen democracy and social justice, not the other way around. The applicant is a current doctoral student at the UW-Wisconsin Madison and has undergraduate degrees in political science and education from Northwestern University and a master's degree in philosophy, focused on political ethics, from the National University of Ireland-Galway. He was a 2010 Fulbright Scholar. He has a passion for the power of digital mapping and helped create the nonprofit digital humanities projects mapstory.org and cityofwords.us.

The Office – Push Ups

From Season 6, Episode 21 'Happy hour' Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Erin and Andy try to keep their relationship a secret; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela. From Season 6, Episode 21 'Happy hour' Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Erin and Andy try to keep their relationship a secret; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela. From Season 6, Episode 21 'Happy hour' Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Erin and Andy try to keep their relationship a secret; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela. From Season 6, Episode 21 'Happy hour' Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Erin and Andy try to keep their relationship a secret; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela. From Season 6, Episode 21 'Happy hour' Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Erin and Andy try to keep their relationship a secret; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela. From Season 6, Episode 21 'Happy hour' Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Erin and Andy try to keep their relationship a secret; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela. From Season 6, Episode 21 'Happy hour' Michael tries to impress one of Pam and Jim's friends; Erin and Andy try to keep their relationship a secret; Dwight reconsiders his contract with Angela.

2020

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