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Research Justice: A more equitable approach to data collection and use within the complex urban ecosystem

Who collects data? Who responds? Who uses it? Who benefits?

These are important questions to ask when undertaking research that involves gathering spatial data from citizens.

"One of the most significant challenges in participatory surveying and mapping work are the ways in which privilege and power dynamics (culture, gender, race, etc) can influence the outcomes and shape the dynamics of research activities with and within marginalized communities. Whether it’s limited access to information from academic and governmental institutions, insufficient control over the means of their own knowledge production, or the lack of recognition of community knowledge as a legitimate source of information, the same disparities and inequities that perpetuate research and knowledge biases often occur in cities around the world.

Join the Ecocitizen World Map Project webinar on April 14, featuring a presentation by Dr. Heba Khalil, Associate Professor at Cairo University’s Department of Architecture (Faculty of Engineering) and co-author of the recently published study, Urban Metabolism and Quality of Life in Informal Areas, REAL CORP, Ghent, Belgium. Dr. Khalil will talk about her student team’s experiences conducting citizen surveys in Cairo’s Imbaba neighborhood for the Ecocitizen World Map Project. Following Dr. Khalil’s presentation there will be an open discussion on how to attain greater transparency, exchange, and collaboration in the research arena."

All levels of expertise welcome! Register here.

Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Time: 12:00 PDT / 21:00 GMT+2 (find your timezone)

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