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PROJECT PROFILE: The EMoGI Project
Emotional Mapping of Green Infrastructure in Disadvantaged Urban Places
WE NEED YOUR INPUT
Please take a quick online survey

If you live or work in Camden, New Jersey, or visit the city often, and if you are 18 years or older, please participate in an online survey to share your feelings or emotional attachment to Camden parks.

Click here to take the survey. It may take approx. 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you have only 5 minutes, please take this short survey (A Spanish version is coming soon).

About 

This project investigates people’s perceptions and emotional attachments to green infrastructure (GI), focusing on disadvantaged urban neighborhoods and the experiences of residents typically underrepresented in GI research. A pilot study (2022-23) will primarily focus on the parks and open spaces in the City of Camden, NJ. We will address four research questions: (1) Do statistically significant relationships exist between emotions and GI in disadvantaged places? (2) How can we map GI-emotion relationships? Do GI-emotion relationships vary according to types of emotions and types/locations of GI? (3) Do GI-emotion relationships vary among different underrepresented groups? (4) How do GI-emotion relationships impact community mental health and wellbeing and how are they meaningful to public health officials, planners, and policymakers?

The team was awarded a $25,000 grant from Rowan University's Catalyst grant program.

Project Team

Mahbubur Meenar, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator, Rowan University) 

Jennifer Kitson, Ph.D. (Co-Investigator, Rowan University)

Ashley York, Ph.D. (Co-Investigator, Rowan University)

Community Partners

Missy Frankil, Jade Lopez and Joe Myers (Camden Community Partnership, NJ)

Patricia Jones (The Arc of Atlantic County, NJ)

Dan Rhoton (HopeWorks in Camden, NJ)

Jonathan Wetstein (Parkside Business & Community in Partnership, NJ)

Research Collaborators

S. M. Labib, Ph.D. (Utrecht University, Nederlands)

Jirka Panek, Ph.D. (Palacký University, Czech Republic)

Leslie Spencer, Ph.D. (Rowan University)

Project Goals
  • Goal 1: Examine relationships between emotions and GI in disadvantaged urban places

  • Goal 2: Create emotional maps to understand the relationships between GI, emotions, and locations

  • Goal 3: Explore if/how the relationships vary among underrepresented vulnerable population groups:

    • Race (Black)

    • Ethnicity (Latinx)

    • Gender (Female)

    • Age (Older adults)

    • Disability (people with intellectual or physical disabilities) 

  • Goal 4: Interpret if/how the relationships (i) impact community mental health and wellbeing and (iii) are meaningful to public health officials, planners, and policymakers

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Methods/ Tools

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Focus

Groups

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Online

Survey

Hotspot

Analysis

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Geo-statistical

Analysis

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Content Analysis

& Coding

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Geospatial

Mapping

Focus Groups — Pics
Focus group with Camden residents, Salvation Army Kroc Center — Nov 2022
Focus group with Persons with Disability (PwD) in Egg Harbor Township, Arc of Atlantic — Nov 2022
Blog Posts
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Relevant Publications
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