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Emily Talen / Arizona State University

4:30 pm / Hitchcock 031
February 5, 2009 - 4:30pm

Emily Talen's research focuses on exploring the spatial patterns of American cities. Most often this work incorporates GIS as a tool of exploration in the investigation of accessibility, spatial equity, sprawl and ideal urban form. In this area of research Dr. Talen uses GIS to build resident-generated cognitive maps to be used as a "perceptual drawing tool" capturing resident perceptions of neighborhoods. Dr. Talen received a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to that, she worked for six years as a professional planner in Santa Barbara and Columbus, Ohio. Before moving to ASU, she was Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.