A PhD student in the Environmental Social Sciences specialization area.
A recipient of a research grant ($3000) from OSU Fisher College of Business' Center for Real Estate [ http://fisher.osu.edu/centers/real-estate/research/]. The grant will fund "Environmental Justice for Whom? Brownfield Redevelopment and Gentrification in the United States."
What happens after low-income neighborhoods achieve environmental victories? Historically, low-income people of color live in close proximity to environmental hazards. Dominant narratives on brownfield redevelopment, the redevelopment of abandoned industrial sites; highlight increased property value as a positive economic development outcome for homeowners and reduced urban blight in the neighborhood. However, economically disadvantaged residents living close to redeveloped brownfield sites struggle to afford higher rents as the neighborhoods become more desirable to young professionals and the middle class after redevelopment. As scholars and activists aim to achieve environmental justice, it is important to address the racial, economic, and health implications of brownfield redevelopment.
Environmental justice literature has focused on the siting of noxious industrial facilities and their relationship to the location of low income communities and communities of color (UCC, 1987; Bryant & Mohai, 1992; GAO, 1993; Bullard et. al., 2007; Taylor, 2013). While this body of literature has grown over recent decades, it has not yet thoroughly explored the distribution of environmental amenities. More specifically, there are no studies to date that examine the intersection of environmental amenities, gentrification, and health. My research seeks to answer: Is Brownfield Redevelopment associated with racial and socioeconomic change in affected neighborhoods? If so, what is the nature of that change?
Kerry Ard, advisor