Marisol Becerra, a doctoral candidate in the School of Environment and Natural Resources specializing in environmental social sciences at The Ohio State University was recently awarded a research grant from The Ohio State Center for Real Estate at Fisher College of Business to study brownfield redevelopment and gentrification dynamics as part of her dissertation work. With the funding, Becerra hopes to answer the question, “Is brownfield redevelopment associated with racial and socioeconomic change in affected neighborhoods?” If there is an association, she hopes to be able to characterize that change. To examine this relationship, Becerra will use EPA’s National Brownfield Remediation dataset and US Census data.
Becerra is advised by Kerry Ard, assistant professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, who specializes in environmental sociology at The Ohio State University.
Photo caption: Becerra (right) at the Brownfields 2015: Sutainable Communities Start Here conference held in Chicago, IL, September 2015.