- GIS | Health & Hazards Lab
- City and Community Studies Initiative
- Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability
- Computational Social Science Lab
The partnership of these departments began because each subject area has a hand in the development of the community and the quality of life within a region – a main focus of the Initiative. The following information highlights core faculty members involved in the City and Community Studies Initiative.
Founding members of CCSI include the current Director Dr. David Kaplan, along with Dr. David Purcell, Assistant Professor of Sociology.
Dave Kaplan, Director
Richard E. Adams is an Associate Professor in Sociology. His interest in urban life began when he read William Foote White’s Street Corner Society while in graduate school. His dissertation focused on neighborhood context as it relates to community social ties, psychological sense of social integration, and psychological well-being. Since then, he has worked on research projects related to community disasters like the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Currently, he is analyzing data from the Program on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, with an interest in positive youth development and the transition to young adulthood.
John Hoornbeek has worked in and around the public sector for more than a quarter century, and he has served as a policy practitioner at the local, state, and federal levels of government. He is currently director of the Center for Public Administration and Public Policy at Kent State University (KSU), where he assists local governments and conducts research on intergovernmental collaboration, the environment and public health, and public management. Dr. Hoornbeek's research has appeared in peer reviewed journals and edited book volumes, and his new book on water pollution policies in the American states is scheduled for publication by the State University of New York (SUNY) Press during the first half of 2011.