Dr. Jayajit Chakraborty
Dr. Jayajit Chakraborty is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Founding Director of the Socio-Environmental & Geospatial Analysis (SEGA) Lab at UTEP. Prior to joining UTEP, Dr. Chakraborty was a Professor and Chair in the Geography Division of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning at the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida) and also a visiting scholar in the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). He was recently appointed as a member of the Science Advisory Board and the new Environmental Justice Science Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As a broadly trained social scientist, Dr. Chakraborty’s research interests encompass a wide range of contemporary environmental and social justice issues. Specific topics include environmental justice, social vulnerability to hazards and disasters, sustainability, environmental health, racial/ethnic disparities, food insecurity, and urban environmental change. His scholarship has examined environmental and social inequalities in multiple US urban areas, Australia, India, and the US-Mexico border. His research utilizes a variety of traditional and emerging methodologies, including applications of GIScience and spatial statistical techniques, as well as social surveys and mixed-methods approaches. Information on his ongoing research projects is available here.
Dr. Chakraborty has authored more than 100 publications. His articles have appeared in prominent academic journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Disasters, Environment & Planning A, Environmental Research, Health & Place, Risk Analysis, Social Science & Medicine, and Urban Geography. He has coauthored/coedited four books, including the recently published Geographies of Behavioral Health, Crime, and Disorder: The Intersection of Social Problems and Place and The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. He was recently selected to coauthor the US Government’s Fifth National Climate Assessment report. Dr. Chakraborty's research has been funded by grants from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Transportation, US Department of Treasury, EPA, American Association of Geographers (AAG), and several other agencies. He was also a recipient of the University of Texas System Faculty STARs Award. Dr. Chakraborty has served on advisory committees and review panels for the AAG, EPA, NSF, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM), and the US Global Change Research Program. He is currently an Associate Editor of the journal Environment, Development and Sustainability, and an editorial board member of Environmental Justice and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health .
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- Selected to serve as a coauthor for the Fifth National Climate Assessment--the US Government’s premier report on climate change impacts, risks, and adaptation across the nation.
- Selected to serve as charter member of the Science Advisory Board and the new Environmental Justice Science Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Press release is available here.
- Received a new award from the NSF Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment Program for a collaborative project titled Cascading Impacts of the 2021 Texas Winter Storm on Subsidized Housing Residents: A Comparative Analysis, as the PI.
- Invited presenter in virtual workshops on Leveraging Advances in Remote Geospatial Technologies to Inform Precision Environmental Health Decisions and Geospatial Needs for Environmental Justice; both organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
- Received a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to analyze exposure of children to vehicular pollution in Texas school districts and adoption of related mitigation strategies, as a PI.
- Joined the Editorial Board of Environment, Development and Sustainability as Associate Editor. This is an international and multidisciplinary journal covering all aspects of environmental impacts of socioeconomic development, published by Springer.
- Received National Geospatial Fellowship for advancing COVID-19 research and education. The NSF-funded Geospatial Fellows Program seeks to engage researchers from diverse geospatial-related communities who will work with the Geospatial Software Institute to conduct cutting-edge COVID-19 research and education.
- Received funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury via El Paso County to conduct community-engaged and interdisciplinary research on emergency food assistance in El Paso, as a co-PI.
- Editing a Topical Collection on Emerging Topics in Environmental Justice in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. We are seeking manucripts focusing on any aspect of environmental justice analysis, activism, or policy.
- Joined the Editorial Board of Environmental Justice, the essential academic journal covering the adverse and disparate environmental burdens, exposure, and health impacts that affect marginalized populations all over the world.
- Published a new edited book titled Geographies of Behavioral Health, Crime, and Disorder: The Intersection of Social Problems and Place in January 2020.
- Invited speaker in the Harold and Florence Mayer Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) in November 2019.
- Recent articles on environmental justice and social vulnerability to Hurricane Harvey have been published in American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, Disasters, Environmental Research, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Public Health Reports.
- Received a RAPID award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled Trajectories of Social Vulnerability among Houston Area Households: A Pre- and Post-Event Study of Hurricane Harvey as a co-PI.
- Published a new coedited book titled The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. This book presents an extensive and cutting-edge introduction to the diverse and rapidly growing body of research on pressing issues of environmental justice and injustice.
- Invited alumni and speaker in the Gerard Rushton Academic Excellence Lecture Series at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) in April 2016.
- Served as a guest editor for the following journal special issues: (1) focus issue of Environmental Research Letters and (2) special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
- Received a University of Texas Faculty STARs Program Award to establish a state of-the-art Socio-Environmental and Geospatial Analysis (SEGA) Lab at UTEP.
- Chakraborty J, 2022 “Children’s Exposure to Vehicular Pollution: Environmental Injustice in Texas, USA.” Environmental Research, 204, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.112008.
- Chakraborty J, and Basu P, 2021 "Hazardous Industries and Distributive Environmental Injustice in Ahmedabad, India" Asian Geographer, https://doi.org/10.1080/10225706.2021.1930078
- Chakraborty J, 2021 “Vulnerability to the COVID-19 Pandemic for People with Disabilities in the U.S.” Disabilities, 1(3), 278-285; https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities1030020.
- Mitchell, B, Chakraborty J, and Basu P, 2021 “Social Inequities in Urban Heat and Greenspace: Analyzing Climate Justice in Delhi, India” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9), 400. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094800.
- Chakraborty J, McAfee A A, Collins T W, and Grineski S E, 2021 “Exposure to Hurricane Harvey Flooding for Subsidized Housing Residents in Harris County, Texas” Natural Hazards. 106(3), 2185-2205. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-021-04536-9.
- Chakraborty J, 2021 “Convergence of COVID-19 and Chronic Air Pollution Risks: Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Inequities in the U.S.” Environmental Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110586.
- Chakraborty J, and Basu P, 2021 “Air Quality and Environmental Injustice in India: Connecting Particulate Pollution to Social Disadvantages” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1), 304. . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010304.
- Chakraborty J, 2021 “Social Inequities in the Distribution of COVID-19: An Intra-Categorical Analysis of People with Disabilities in the U.S." Disability and Health Journal, 14(1), 101007. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.101007.