About Dr. Jessica Miller
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at the Geography and Urban Studies department at Temple University. She received her Ph. D. from the Earth and Environmental Sciences department at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, MA in Geography from San Francisco State University, and BA from The Ohio State University.
Her work has focused on the human dimensions of environmental conditions and the production of urban space through greening policies. She has received support from the Association of American Geographers and the New York City Brownfield Partnership Program.
About the Seminar
Urban sustainability plans often have goals that attempt to meet economic, human and environmental needs. The relative successes of these plans relies on keeping a close watch on the outcomes of plan implementation. In Gowanus, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, several greening plans and clean up efforts are underway to create a clean and green waterfront neighborhood from a contaminated former industrial center. This interest, and the social and physical changes in the area have made it more attractive to developers, allowing me to explore the relationship between environmental remediation and gentrification at this site.
My interests lie in how urban sustainability plans change the environmental conditions of space, and how residents react, take part in, or reject the green planning initiatives, and how their lives change as a result. I will further demonstrate these interests through several other past and planned research projects concerning environmental justice and economic development, sustainability planning initiatives, access to water resources, and water infrastructure.