Rina Ghose

 (414) 229-4797
 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

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. Public participation GIS for community decision making
  2. Urban agriculture practices to address food inequities and community development
  3. Citizenship practices under neoliberalization

Representative Publications

Ghose, R., & Pettygrove, M. Urban Community Gardens as Spaces of Living. Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics, edited by Andrew Jonas, Byron Miller, Kevin Ward and David Wilson. Routledge.
Ghose, R., & Welcenbach, T. (2018, February). ‘Power to the People’ Contesting Urban Poverty through Open GIS. Canadian Geographer.
Pettygrove, M., & Ghose, R. (2018, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). From “Rust Belt” to “Fresh Coast”: Remaking the City through Food Justice and Urban Agriculture. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
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.