AMES, Iowa — Hamil Pearsall, an associate professor and graduate chair of geography and urban studies at Temple University, will give a virtual presentation in March hosted by the Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning.

Event details

Pearsall will present “Is Green Gentrification Inevitable? Locating the Green Space Paradox with GIS” from 12:05–12:55 p.m. Monday, March 15, over Zoom. Register in advance to attend this free online event, part of the Spring 2021 GIS Seminar Series.

Studies in several North American cities point to the connections between green space creation and gentrification, raising questions about how to improve environmental conditions in neighborhoods without unintended socioeconomic impacts, Pearsall says. In this lecture, she will share a study that used spatial and field techniques and interviews to examine the emergence of the green space paradox in neighborhoods across the city of Philadelphia and to characterize the conditions leading to gentrification associated with new parks.

About the speaker

An urban geographer, Pearsall teaches courses in sustainable environments, geography of hazards, environmental geographic information systems/science, political ecology, environmental policy issues, and critical issues in globalization, social justice and sustainability. Her research focuses on environmental gentrification and the social and environmental justice impacts of sustainability planning in post-industrial cities in North America.

She holds a master of arts and a PhD from the Clark University Graduate School of Geography.


Monica Haddad, Community and Regional Planning, haddad@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu