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

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., & 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.