Rina Ghose

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 Bolton Hall 450

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PhD, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1998
MA, Geography, University of Montana, 1993
BA, Geography Honors, University of Calcutta, India, 1988

Office Hours

Thursday 1pm to 1:50pm or by appointment

Courses Taught

Geog 110 – The World: Peoples and Regions
Geog 215 – Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Geog 470 – Geography of South Asia
Geog 525 – Geographic Information Science
Geog 734 – GIS and Society
Geog 934 – Seminar in Urban Geography

Research Interests

Rina Ghose's research interests intersect Critical GIS, urban geography, and political economy. Her research questions center around poverty, inequality, and social justice. She has conducted decade-long research on public participation GIS among traditionally marginalized citizen groups, to examine how GIS technologies can be used as modes of resistance to combat structural inequities and inner-city poverty. As part of this research agenda, she has also examined social activism and grassroots community organizing in the inner-city, and explored collaborative planning programs that are used in inner-city redevelopment.

Her current research projects examine:

  1. the impact of neoliberal public policies in shaping the participation and spatial knowledge production process among grassroots inner-city groups;
  2. the role of actors-networks in public participation GIS; and
  3. the impact of collaborative planning programs created by private sector actors in citizen participation and inner-city revitalization.

Her other research interests include:

  • examining food inequities and other barriers to healthy living in inner-city neighborhoods through qualitative research and GIS; and
  • examining the social construction of GIS in the non-western world.

Representative Publications

Ghose, & Pettygrove, M. (2014). Actors and Networks in Urban Community Garden Formation. Geoforum, 53, 93-103.
Ghose, R., & Pettygrove, M. (2014). Urban Community Gardens as Spaces of Citizenship. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Wiley Blackwell, 46(4), 1092-1112.
Mukherjee, F., & Ghose, R. (2013). E-Planning through Municipal GIS in India. International Journal of E-Planning and Research, 2(2), 24-39.
Ghose, R. (2012). Qualitative GIS in Urban Justice Research. International GIScience Conference Proceedings.
Mukherjee, F., & Ghose, R. (2012). Exploring the Complexities of Community Engaged GIS. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR), 3(4), 87-102.
Day, P., & Ghose, R. (2012). E-planning through the Wisconsin Land Information Program: The contexts of power, politics and scale. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 1(1), 75-89.
Mukherjee, F., & Ghose, R. (2011). Tracing the Historic Trajectory of GIS Development and Its Effects on Contemporary Practices. Journal of Urban Technology, 18(3), 141-158.
Elwood, S., & Ghose, R. (2011). Reflection Essay: PPGIS in Community Development Planning. Dodge, M. (Ed.). Classics in Cartography: Reflections on influential articles from Cartographica, 107-118. John Wiley and Sons.