January 26, 2022

Knowlton Awarded RAISE Funds to Expand Research on Race and Climate

Knowlton was jointly awarded for two proposals that seek to expand Knowlton's research and teaching related to race, climate, and the built environment.

The Knowlton School was jointly awarded funds by the Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) initiative to hire faculty in two research areas. The hires in these research areas will expand Knowlton's research and teaching on race, climate, and the built environment.

The “Climate, Race, and Place” proposal was jointly awarded to the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences. The City and Regional Planning Section at Knowlton will share a faculty position with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.

Through the Climate, Race, and Place cohort, Ohio State will elevate its globally recognized expertise in the science of climate change and adaptation. Through a cluster hire of faculty, the university will holistically investigate the racial disparities and social inequities of climate impacts and help shape responsive adaptations. Working in an interdisciplinary team between the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, this cohort will amplify scholarship in the areas of climate science, climate analytics, and climate adaptation across various geographic scales.

The “Race and the Built Environment: The Just City” proposal was jointly awarded to the Knowlton School in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences with one hire in the Landscape Architecture Section at Knowlton and another in the Department of History of Art.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering will advance research that focuses on the intersection of race and the built environment. This cross-college collaboration is innovative in its desire to hire a historian of architecture and race as well as an urban designer — bringing to Ohio State two scholars who focus on racialized architecture from the perspectives of both theory and practice. The addition of two scholars in this cluster will bolster these units’ already impressive national reputations; attract strong pools of graduate students who would shape the future of the field; bring about curricular innovation relating to race and the built environment; and broaden engagement projects in Ohio and beyond.

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