Social vulnerability indices and maps form the dominant tools used in calculating and defining environmental injustices. However, these practices are not without drawbacks and methodological issues. This talk will discuss the theoretical shortcomings of these approaches, potential avenues to push past these shortcomings, and provide examples of how this could look in practice.
About the Speaker
Danielle Zoe Rivera is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in the College of Environmental Design. Rivera's research examines policy and design for environmental and climate justice. Her work uses community-based research methods to address the impacts of climate-induced disasters affecting low-income communities throughout California, South Texas, the Chesapeake Bay, and Puerto Rico. Rivera holds a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.