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Situated Mapping: Using Data Visualization to Rethink Urban Socio-spatial Inequalities **NOTE: NEW TIME AND LOCATION***

Uptown Campus
Newcomb Hall
Room 404

Featuring Taylor Shelton, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University

Dr. Shelton is a broadly-trained human geographer working at the intersection of digital geographies, critical GIS and urban geography. His research focuses on how urban spaces and social inequalities are represented, reproduced and contested through data. In particular, he is interested in how data can be used to produce alternative understandings of urban socio-spatial inequalities that challenge the stigmatization of certain people and places. 

His presentation will explore these themes by drawing on his research surrounding issues of housing injustice in Lexington, Kentucky. Using the examples of concentrated poverty and housing dispossession, Dr. Shelton will demonstrate how a situated and critically-oriented approach to mapping and data visualization can be used to provide alternative perspectives on pressing issues of social inequality that are applicable across a range of domains. 

Recent works:

Shelton, T. and A. Poorthuis. Forthcoming. The nature of neighborhoods: using big data to rethink the geographies of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit system. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Shelton, T. and T. Lodato. Forthcoming. Actually existing smart citizens: expertise and (non)participation in the making of the smart city. City.

Shelton, T. 2018. Mapping dispossession: eviction, foreclosure and the multiple geographies of housing instability in Lexington, Kentucky. Geoforum 97: 281-291. 

Shelton, T. 2018. Rethinking the RECAP: mapping the relational geographies of concentrated poverty and affluence in Lexington, Kentucky. Urban Geography 39(7): 1070-1091.

Shelton, T. 2017. Spatialities of data: mapping social media ‘beyond the geotag’. GeoJournal 82(4): 721-734.

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