Phd Proposal by Jessica Fisch
THE SCHOOL OF CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Under the provisions of the regulations for the degree
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Architecture (East) 214
will be held the
DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
“Does Green Infrastructure Promote Equitable Development? The Mediating Role of Social Capital in Assessing Impacts”
The Examiners Are:
Dr. Michael Elliott, Chairperson
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, School of City and Regional Planning
Dr. Dan Immergluck, Georgia State University
Dr. Robert Kirkman, School of Public Policy
Dr. Bruce Stiftel, School of City and Regional Planning
Faculty and students are invited to attend this examination.
Planners, policymakers, and elected officials increasingly view investments in green infrastructure, parks and other green development as opportunities for spurring economic growth, increasing environmental quality, and providing social and recreational amenities in urban areas. However, as planners and city leaders focus on these impacts of green projects, research has proposed that equity concerns--such as access for low-income and marginalized groups, affordability, and displacement--are often not adequately addressed, leading to ‘environmental gentrification.’ At the same time, several works have argued that networks of stakeholders have the potential to support more equitable development, thereby counteracting the potential for gentrification. To date, research has not fully examined the conditions under which more equitable outcomes for green infrastructure projects might be supported and the role of social capital development in addressing these concerns.
To address these concerns, this study seeks to clarify the mechanisms through which green infrastructure planning might support social capital development surrounding housing affordability, gentrification and displacement, and community benefits concerns. Further, it seeks to clarify the mechanisms through which social capital impacts green infrastructure planning and implementation, and policy development surrounding housing affordability, gentrification, and community benefits. The research will examine these interrelationships in two case cities with a prominent focus on planning for green infrastructure, and that allow for variation in political context and in project scale and form. Cases include the Atlanta Westside neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue, Washington Park, Bankhead, and Grove Park, which have focused heavily on green infrastructure planning, and the Washington D.C. neighborhoods surrounding the 11th Street Bridge Park project, including Anacostia and Fairlawn. In clarifying interactions between social capital and green infrastructure planning processes and outcomes, the research will enhance our understanding of how social capital might support an increased focus on equity concerns in green infrastructure planning, as well as on the importance of contextual factors such as state and local political context.
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