Dr. Jayajit Chakraborty
Dr. Jayajit Chakraborty is a Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Founding Director of the Socio-Environmental & Geospatial Analysis (SEGA) Lab at UTEP. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the UTEP Department of Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences. 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 research scholar in the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). He is currently serving as a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board, Work Group for Review of Science Supporting EPA Decisions, and the first EPA Environmental Justice Science Committee. He is also chairing the Scientific Review Panel for the EPA's Environmental Justice Screen (EJScreen) Mapping and Screening Tool and serving as a member of a National Academies Committee to support the White House Justice40 Initiative.
As a broadly trained social scientist, Dr. Chakraborty’s research interests encompass a wide range of contemporary environmental and health issues. Specific topics include environmental justice, climate justice, social vulnerability to hazards/disasters, health equity, food security, and disability studies. His scholarship has examined environmental and social inequalities in multiple US urban areas and regions, 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 (co)authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications. His articles have appeared in prominent academic journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Environment & Planning A, Environmental Research, Health & Place, Nature-Scientific Reports, Risk Analysis, Science of the Total Environment, Social Science & Medicine, and Urban Geography. He has coauthored/coedited four books, including The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. He also coauthored a chapter for the US Government’s Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). Dr. Chakraborty's research has been funded by the EPA, National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Transportation, US Department of Treasury, American Association of Geographers (AAG), Australian Research Council, and many other agencies. He was also a recipient of the University of Texas System Faculty STARs Award and one of 16 scholars selected nationally to receive the NSF Geospatial Fellowship for Advancing COVID-19 Research and Education. 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), US Department of Energy, and the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). 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 .
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=IsYhh44AAAAJ&hl=en
Global Rank: #1 in Environmental Hazards, #2 in Environmental Inequality and #3 in Urban Environments
- Coauthor of chapter on Built Environment, Urban Systems, and Cities in the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5)--the US Government’s premier report on climate change impacts, risks, and adaptation.
- Invited speaker/panelist in webinar on Ensuring Disability Inclusion in the Global Climate Action Agenda hosted by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability,
- Invited speaker for Disabilty Pride Month in the Environmental Science Associates' Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Speaker Series; more details available here.
- Included in the latest Stanford-Elsevier ranking of the world’s most cited researchers and those who are in the top 2% in their academic subfield, for the year 2021.
- Selected to serve as a Member of the Environmental Justice Oversight Panel of the Health Effects Institute (HEI).
- Appointed to serve as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Utilizing Advanced Environmental Health and Geospatial Data and Technologies to Inform Community Investment and support the White House Justice40 Initiative.
- Selected to serve as Chair of Scientific Review Panel for the EPA's Environmental Justice Screen (EJScreen) Mapping and Screening Tool.
- Invited speaker/panelist in a webinar on Life Near the Highway: Examining Environmental Justice and Equity in Land Use and Transportation Planning, organized by the Urban Institute, Washington DC.
- Invited participant in a groundbreaking workshop on Disability Climate Justice at Harvard University, co-organized by the Harvard University Law School Project on Disability and Disability Research Centre at University College London.
- Published a new article on air pollution disparities in US public housing developments in Scientific Reports--one of Nature’s portfolio of journals and the 5th most-cited journal in the world; see UTEP News press release.
- Selected to serve as a member of the chartered Science Advisory Board and the first ever Environmental Justice Science Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): UTEP News announcement and EPA Press release.
- News from previous years is available here.
- Chu E K, Fry M M, Chakraborty J, Cheong S-M, Clavin C, Coffman M, Hondula D M, Hsu D, Jennings V L, Keenan J M, Kosmal A, Muñoz-Erickson T A, and Jelks N T O. 2023 “Chapter 12: Built Environment, Urban Systems, and Cities” In Crimmins, A R, Avery C W, Easterling D R, Kunkel K E, Stewart B C, and Maycock, T K (eds.) Fifth National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program: Washington, https://doi.org/10.7930/NCA5.2023.CH12.
- Chakraborty J, Grineski S E, Collins T W, and Aun J J, 2023 “Disparities in Adverse Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Disability Status in Metropolitan Texas, Journal of Public Health, fdad209, https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdad209.
- Guo C, Ge E, Lee S, Lu Y, Bassill N P, Zhang N, Zhang W, Lu Y, Hu Y, Chakraborty J, Emeny R T, and Zhang K, 2023 “Impact of Heat on Emergency Hospital Admission in Texas: Geographic and Racial/Ethnic Disparities” Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41370-023-00590-6.
- Grineski S E, Scott M, Collins T W, Chakraborty J, and Ramos K, 2023 “Anxiety and Depression after Winter Storm Uri: Cascading Disasters and Mental Health Inequities” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction; 96, 103933; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103933.
- Chakraborty J, Collins TW, Flores A, and Grineski SW, 2023 “Hurricanes, Floods, and Environmental Inequality” In Long MA, Lynch MJ, and Stretesky P B (eds.) Handbook of Inequality and the Environment. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK; 490-504. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/usd/handbook-on-inequality-and-the-environment-9781800881129.html
- Chakraborty J, and Aun J J, 2023 "Social Inequities in Exposure to Traffic-Related Air and Noise Pollution at Public Schools in Texas” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(7), 5308; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20075308.
- Grineski SE, Collins T W, Chakraborty J, Goodwin E, Aun J J, and Ramos K, 2023 “Social Disparities in Power and Piped Water Outages among Metropolitan Texans after Winter Storm Uri” American Journal of Public Health. 113(1), 30-34. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2022.307110.
- Chakraborty J, 2023 “COVID-19 and People with Disabilities: Social Inequalities in the Distribution of Pandemic Vulnerability” In Carey AC, Green SE, and Mauldin L (eds.) Disability in the Time of Pandemic (Research in Social Science and Disability) . Emerald Publishing Limited: Bingley, UK; 15-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-354720230000013002.
- Chakraborty J, Collins T W, and Grineski S E, 2023 “Disability and Subsidized Housing Residency: The Adverse Impacts of Winter Storm Uri in Metropolitan Texas” Disability and Health Journal, 16(2), 101403; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2022.101403.
- Chakraborty J, Aun J J, and Schober G S, 2023 “Assessing the Relationship between Emergency Food Assistance and Social Vulnerability During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 16, 259-276. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12061-022-09478-8