Using Geospatial Information Systems and citizen-generated maps of the city, I aim to generate a dynamic image of Semarang, Indonesia to show how spaces are used and connected, framing the study of people within a city in terms of how they interact with their built environment. I will then test a general participatory upgrading approach as a productive strategy that municipal governments should consider in developing urban space, using dengue fever outbreaks as a practical example. I hypothesize that if participatory, community-oriented strategies are implemented in the city and in informal neighborhoods especially efforts to improve urban resilience will be more efficient and effective, due to our improved, co-created knowledge and emic understanding of these areas.
Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia
Hobbies: I do a lot of hiking and camping, or really any outdoor activity. I sing and write my own music; I would definitely consider myself a big music-person in general. I like to go to concerts, museums, and galleries. I also love to cook (and eat)! I have been a vegetarian since I was 12, so I have learned how to be creative with food. Yet, above all, I love to travel and I have been to 22 countries! (23 if you count Vatican City )
Fun Fact: I have been a vegetarian since I was 12. I have been to 23 countries and I write music. My name is a combination of the names of my great-great grandmother on my Dad’s side, Emma (the first woman to graduate from New York Law).
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