human geography

Dr. Gang Chen
• Associate Professor
Remote Sensing, Spatial Ecology, Human-Environment Interaction

Teaching and Research Interests Remote Sensing and GIScience Environmental Modeling GEOgraphic Object-Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA) Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) Machine Learning Landscape Ecology Read More

Dr. Larianne Collins
• Assistant Teaching Professor • Geography and Environmental Studies Undergraduate Coordinator
Hazards and Disasters, Sustainable Development, Human Geography

Welcome! I am an Assistant Teaching Professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator for Geography and Environmental Studies in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte and I absolutely love what I do! I am an avid life-long learner and teaching is my passion. I believe the field of geography is one of the […]

Dr. Eric Delmelle
• Visiting Associate Research Professor
GIScience, Spatial Analysis, Epidemiology, Uncertainty

Teaching and Research Interests GIS Algorithms Spatial Analysis and Modeling Spatial Optimization Geovisualization, Geostatistics Read More

Dr. Youngseob Eum
•Assistant Professor
Urban Analytics, Spatial Epidemiology, Human Mobility, Geospatial Data Science
McEniry 314

Teaching and Research Interests:* GIScience* Urban Analytics* Health and Medical Geography* Spatial Data Science* Human Mobility

Dr. Michael Ewers
• Assistant Professor
International Migration, Worker Welfare, Human Capital, Sustainable Development
McEniry 309

I am a human geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist. My research and creative scholarly work focus on three areas: 1) migration and globalization, 2) worker welfare and inequality, and 3) human capital and sustainable economic development. My overall goal is to understand who moves where and why in a global context; how individuals and groups […]

Dr. William (Bill) Graves
• Professor
Urban/Economic Change, Cluster Development, Sustainable Cities
McEniry 428

Teaching and Reasearch Interests Urban Change Sustainable Economic Systems Business Geographics Knowledge Industry and Economic Development Economic Change in the South

Dr. Colleen Hammelman
• Associate Professor • Geography MA Coordinator • CHARP Director
Urban Geography, Food Justice, Immigration

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Dr. Fushcia-Ann Hoover
• Assistant Professor
Green Infrastructure, Environmental Justice, Urban Planning, Socio-ecological Systems

Dr. Fushcia-Ann Hoover is an interdisciplinary researcher specializing in social-ecological urban systems. She employs a range of approaches and perspectives that include environmental justice, green infrastructure performance and urban planning, evaluating the impacts of green infrastructure planning when framed by race, justice and place-making. She is the founder of EcoGreenQueen LLC, a company dedicated to […]

Dr. Katherine Idziorek
• Assistant Professor
Community Resilience, Urban Heat Mitigation, Social Infrastructure, Urban Design, Transportation Equity

Katherine Idziorek, AICP, PhD, is a community-engaged researcher who examines the role of social networks and social infrastructure in community-scale resilience and disaster preparedness. Bridging the disciplines of hazard mitigation, urban geography, and urban planning, Katherine’s research explores the role of place-based resources in supporting community resilience and wellbeing.  Dr. Idziorek leads the Charlotte Heat […]

Dr. Isabelle Nilsson
• Associate Professor • Geography Ph.D. Director
Economic Geography, Transportation, Firm Location, Housing

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Dr. Heather Smith
• Levine Scholars Program Director • Professor
Urban Social Geography, Community Engaged Scholarship

Teaching and Research Interests Urban & Social Geography Immigrant Settlement & Adjustment Globalizing Cities & New Gateways Urban Revitalization & Gentrification Socio-spatial Polarization Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Read More

Jamie Strickland
• Senior Lecturer
Population Geography, Geographic Education, Cultural Geography and the South

Teaching and Research Interests Population Geography Aging Geographic Education Cultural Geography and the South Population and Environment Interactions Read More

Dr. Jean-Claude Thill
• Knight Distinguished Professor
Transportation and Mobility Systems, Sustainable Urbanization, Trade Cities and Globalization, Geospatial Data Science

Teaching and Research Interests Sustainable Urbanization Transportation and Mobility Systems Geographic Information Science (GIS-T) Spatial Modeling Regional Science International Comparative Urbanization Read More

Dr. Deborah S.K. Thomas
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research • Professor
Disasters, Environmental Health, Global Health, Human-environment Interaction
McEniry 312 (Research Office)

Deborah Thomas, PhD, is Professor and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. I arrived at UNC Charlotte in August 2018 from the University of Colorado Denver, where I was a faculty member in geography and environmental sciences for 18 years and department chair for the last 3-1/2 years. I was also one of the founding […]

Dr. Michelle Zuñiga
• Assistant Professor
Neighborhood change, Latinx communities, Community Planning, Environmental Justice
McEniry 308

Michelle E. Zuñiga, AICP (she/her/ella) holds a PhD in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy from the University of California, Irvine. Since 2012, Michelle has focused her research on Latinx communities particularly, low-income, immigrant communities and how they experience and respond to environmental injustice and threats of displacement. Michelle explores their perspectives and experiences in […]