This quarter geography professor Kam Wing Chan is in China, touring the country and giving a number of talks on urbanization and the hukou (household registration) system. As a result of one of these talks, Dr. Chan has recently been interviewed by several important media sources in both China and the US. You can find Dr. Chan’s thoughts on China’s Third Plenum (a critical meeting of Chinese officials which many hoped would bring large economic reform to the country) in the Chinese newspaper Ming Pao and on the People’s Daily website, or take a look at Bloomberg for his views on what the Third Plenum might mean for China’s urbanization. For more on his research in general, check out his faculty webpage. We look forward to hearing more about Dr. Chan’s travels, and his influential work!
On Monday, 18 November Drs. Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood will introduce their recently funded Relational Poverty Network (RPN) in a West Coast Poverty Center seminar event. The talk, titled ‘The Relational Poverty Network: Developing a Global Network of Researchers to Expand Poverty Research Discussions,” will take place in Parrington Hall, Room 308, from 12:30-1:30. Please find more details below:
West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) Seminar
“The Relational Poverty Network:
Developing a Global Network of Researchers to Expand Poverty Research Discussions”
Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood
Department of Geography, University of Washington
Monday, November 18th
Parrington Hall Commons, Room 308
Q & A until 2:00 p.m.
Abstract: This presentation will introduce the Relational Poverty Network (RPN), funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted on the UW Campus. The RPN aims to enliven and expand poverty research by bringing together scholars, students, activists and policy-makers from diverse theoretical and methodological traditions, disciplines and countries into new conversations. This collaborative research network advances a relational approach to poverty: theorizing poverty as produced and addressed by economic, political and cultural relationships between social groups. This open and evolving network of poverty scholars is connected by members’ commitment to:
- Focusing on new objects of study (such as middle class attitudes towards poverty, cross-class alliances, spaces of encounter)
- building collaborative research across national contexts and disciplines
- building resources for meaningful comparison across quantitative and qualitative studies
- fostering open conversations across different views of poverty
We will also discuss opportunities for faculty and students to get involved in RPN activities.
Geography Ph.D. student Yanning Wei interviews Matt Sparke for CN Politics.
The GEOG 469 group responsible for developing the Interior Space Routing project.
From left to right: Alain Huggler, Anthony Nguyen, Read Slichter, Aaron Cheuvront
Each year the GIS Workshop, GEOG 469, invites clients into the classroom to work with students to solve real-world problems using GIS. Several years ago Dr. Tim Nyerges brought in one real-world problem that hit close to home–how to improve human accessibility to campus space here at the University of Washington. The students, working with Aaron Cheuvront of the UW Capital Projects Office, worked to develop a custom integration process between floor plans of campus buildings and GIS, which has enabled the utilization of GIS for interior space mapping at a large scale. In other words, this integration allowed GIS users to explore the layouts of campus buildings. More recently Aaron was able to collaborate with individuals at Esri Canada to transform this project into an iOS application. By feeding the students’ routing data into a pre-existing application, they were able to develop a fully functional, mobile tool for navigation inside buildings on campus. Ideally this application would help students to find classrooms, among other uses. Aaron continues to look for funding to extend coverage of the prototype application to all of campus. To learn more, check out this video of the data in action!
Fantastic to see the class project of several Geography students transform into something that might help future students!