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). He was also a visiting scholar in the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).
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, vulnerability to hazards and disasters, environmental health, racial/ethnic disparities, climate justice, sustainability, and urban environmental change. His research utilizes both traditional and newly emerging methodologies, including the application of GIScience and spatial statistical techniques. Information on his ongoing research projects in the SEGA Lab is available here.
Dr. Chakraborty has authored numerous articles 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 has received multiple grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Treasury, 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), and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM). He is currently serving on the editorial boards of the following journals: Environment, Development and Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Environmental Justice.
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- 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, Collins T W, and Grineski S E, 2021 “Exposure to Hurricane Harvey Flooding for Subsidized Housing Residents in Harris County, Texas” Natural Hazards [in press].
- 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), 301. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18010304.
- Chakraborty J, 2021 “Convergence of COVID-19 and Chronic Air Pollution Risks: Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Inequities in the U.S.” Environmental Research, DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2020.110586,
- Chakraborty J, 2020 “Social Inequities in the Distribution of COVID-19: An Intra-Categorical Analysis of People with Disabilities in the U.S." Disability and Health Journal, DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.101007.
- Chakraborty J, 2020 “Unequal Proximity to Environmental Pollution: An Intersectional Analysis of People with Disabilities in Harris County, Texas" The Professional Geographer, 72(4), 521-534.
- Flores A, Collins T, Grineski S, and Chakraborty J, 2020 “Disparities in Health Impacts and Access to Healthcare among Houston Area Residents after Hurricane Harvey” Public Health Reports, 135(4), 511-523.
- Grineski S E, Flores, A, Collins T W, and Chakraborty J, 2020 “Hurricane Harvey and Greater Houston Households: Comparing Pre-Event Preparedness with Post-Event Health Effects, Event Exposures, And Recovery” Disasters, 44(2), 408-432.
- Flores A, Collins T, Grineski S, and Chakraborty J, 2020 “Social Vulnerability to Hurricane Harvey: Unmet Needs and Adverse Event Experiences in Greater Houston, Texas” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 46: 101521.
- Lersch KM, and Chakraborty J (eds.), 2020 Geographies of Behavioral Health, Crime, and Disorder: The Intersection of Social Problems and Place. Springer International Publishing: Cham, Switzerland.
- Lersch KM, and Chakraborty J, 2020 “Introduction: Connecting Behavioral Health, Crime, and Neighborhood Disorder” In Lersch KM and Chakraborty J, (eds.) Geographies of Behavioural Health, Crime, and Disorder: The Intersection of Social Problems and Place. Springer International Publishing: Cham, Switzerland; 1-9.