Mapping for Love and Science: Health, Equity, Community, and Natural Resources


Jackson Medel (Western Kentucky University) and Laurel Schmidt ()

This trans-disciplinary project combines the statistical mapping power of GIS with the emotive energy in personal narratives of migration and engagement with the natural landscape to examine inequities in access and use of natural resources within different regional communities. We blend these methodologies to examine disparities in relation to cultural milieu. This helps us to identify gaps in access and engagement which may be used to inform the design of policies and interventions to mitigate these disparities while simultaneously blending data-driven research with the humanizing and localizing of personal narrative.

Part of 27-01 Applying Folklore: Sustainability, Health, and Community, Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm