The Department of Geography Speaker Series presents Dr. Kerry Ard Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University
Dr. Ard will present: The Role of Spatial Segregation in Explaining Environmental and Health Disparities in a U.S. Context.
Abstract: The talk explores the link between spatial segregation, environmental injustice, and health disparities in the United States. Beginning with historical context, Dr Ard highlights racial segregation, its impact on living conditions, and its role in the persistent inequality in pollution exposure. She extends her analysis to ineffective policies and economic development narratives, emphasizing the failure of federal and state-level efforts to address environmental justice. The role of local governments in perpetuating spatial inequality is discussed, emphasizing the decentralization trend in policymaking. The presentation concludes by proposing a comprehensive approach to address historic inequities and enhance the well-being of communities.