Access

Issues of unequal access to resources, power and space are germane to the research interests of many faculty and graduate students in the geography department at UW. One strand of research examines uneven access to economic, social, and political goods. This type of access is researched in diverse contexts including research on gender, food, poverty, policing, transport, health, education, and development. Another strand of research focuses more explicitly on the political, technological and economic changes which have radically reshaped people’s access to resources in the contemporary neoliberal era. Still other research examines how a prolonged lack of access to resources and security may precipitate new forms of subjectivity, new kinds of alliances and new types of political mobilization. Much of this work points to the value of a spatial frame of reference in understanding people’s access, or non-access to goods, and to the key significance of the body in how access is negotiated in practice. Finally, a distinctive feature of UW Geography is our sustained interest in how research subjects, the community, and students, may be given effective access to the results of our research, and the political and ethical responsibilities associated with this effort.

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