Rina Ghose

 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

By appointment only

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
MSP 780 – Transdisciplinary Research

Areas of Specialization

Geospatial data science and technologies, Internet of Things, Ethics in Data Science, Demography, Urban Studies, Environmental Science, Social Theory, Qualitative and Quantitative methods, Community-engaged Research.

Research Interests

In her research, Dr. Ghose examines complex ‘wicked problems’ through multi-disciplinary frameworks and an innovative mixed-method approach, to advance knowledge production and dissemination, to enhance public participation and to mobilize policy interventions.

Current Research Projects

  1. Precision epidemiology and the opioid crisis: Using next generation geospatial analyses to guide community level responses in diverse and segregated metropolitan areas. 2022. PI: Dr. J. Mantsch (Florence Williams Professor and Chair Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin), Dr. R. Ghose (Professor, Geography, UWM) and P. Brunzellle (Project WisHope). Funded by Foundation for Opioid Response Effort. $600,000.
  2. Structural Discrimination and Health Outcomes in Milwaukee at the Community and Individual Level.  P.I. Dr. deRoon Cassini (Professor of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, Institute for Health and Equity, Medical College of Wisconsin), Dr. J. Mantsch (Professor and Chair, Pharmacology & Toxicology, MCW), Dr. R. Ghose (Professor, Geography, UWM), Dr. L. Torres, (Professor, Psychology, Marquette University), J. Harris (Social Development Commission).  2022. Research funded by AHW Program, Medical College of Wisconsin.  $200,000.
  3. COVID-19 related Social Media Disinformation and Health Impacts in USA (with graduate advisee A. Forati).
  4. Social Media Analysis for Assessing Environmental Inequalities during Hurricane Irma (with graduate advisee A. Forati and Dr. B. Dixon, University of South Florida).
  5. Status of Women in Geography: A Nationwide Survey, 2022. Sponsored by the SWG specialty group and the American Association of Geographers (AAG).

Past Research Projects

  1. Food Insecurity, Dietary Health Disparities and Community gardens as Spaces of Citizenship and Green Infrastructure in Milwaukee
  2. Bridging the Digital Divide through Public participation GIS, VGI, Citizen Science (20 years)
  3. Rural Gentrification and the Changing Landscape of Western Montana
  4. Citizen Participation and collaborative governance in the Neoliberal City
  5. Municipal GIS, E-governance, Smart City: Case Studies in USA and India
  6. Internet usage among Indian Diaspora

Representative Publications

Ghose, R., & Welcenbach, T. (2018, February). ‘Power to the People’ Contesting Urban Poverty through Open GIS. Canadian Geographer, 62(1), 67-80.
Ghose, R., & Pettygrove, M. (2018, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Urban Community Gardens as Spaces of Living. Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics, edited by Andrew Jonas, Byron Miller, Kevin Ward and David Wilson, 320-335. Routledge.
Pettygrove, M., & Ghose, R. (2018, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). From “Rust Belt” to “Fresh Coast”: Remaking the City through Food Justice and Urban Agriculture. AAG (Ed.). Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(2), 591-602.
Ghose, R. (2017). Public Participation GIS. Annals of the American Association of Geographers (Ed.). International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, Technology, x, pp. 5403-54013.
Pettygrove, M., & Ghose, R. (2016, June). A Synthesized Framework for Urban Geographies of Food and Dietary Health. Geography Compass, 10(6), 268-281.
Kar, B., Sieber, R., Haklay, M., & Ghose, R. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Public Participation GIS and Participatory GIS in the Era of GeoWeb. Cartographic Journal, 53(4), 296-299.
Ghose, R., & Appel, S. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Facilitating Spatial Data Sharing in PPGIS: The role of the University Library. Cartographic Journal, 53(4), 341-347.
Pettygrove, M., & Ghose, R. (2016, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Community Engaged GIS for Urban Food Justice Research. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 7(1), 16-29.