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METHODS: RESEARCH + COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Our approach to research can be characterized in four distinct ways. First, we often adopt mixed methods approaches, exploring opportunities to combine quantitative and qualitative research.
Second, we form partnerships with scholars from various disciplines to address complex real-world problems, offer different perspectives on challenges facing these disciplines, develop comprehensive research questions and methodologies, and bring theoretical and methodological concepts from other disciplines to planning scholarship, pedagogy, and practice.
Third, we engage in projects that serve people and communities and may eventually inform the public policy-making process.
Fourth, we emphasize participatory learning in and out of the classroom and frequently integrate our research and teaching efforts. This integration often takes the form of community events that directly connect courses with our research projects and directly engage students, community residents, and community-based organizations.
GIS-based spatial analysis
3D modeling and visualization
Sample articles with diverse methodological approaches
Meenar, M., Afzalan, N., & Hajrasouliha, A. (2022). Analyzing Lynch's city imageability in the digital age. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 42(6), 611-623.
Meenar, M., Heckert, M., & Adlakha, D. (2022). “Green enough ain’t good enough:” Public perceptions and emotions related to green infrastructure in environmental justice communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.,19(3), 1448.
Meenar, M. & Afzalan, N. (2022). Urban planners’ roles, perceptions, needs, and concerns in smart city planning: A survey of U.S. planners. International Planning Studies, 28(1), 21-26.
Meenar, M. & Mandarano, L. (2021). Using photovoice and emotional maps to understand transitional urban neighborhoods. Cities, 118 (Nov), 103353.
Meenar, M. & Kitson, J. (2020). Using multi-sensory and multi-dimensional immersive virtual reality in participatory planning. Urban Science , 4(3), 34.
Meenar, M. (2017). Using participatory and mixed-methods approaches in GIS to develop a Place-Based Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Index. Environment & Planning A, 49(5), 1181–1205.
Mandarano, L. & Meenar, M. (2017). Equitable distribution of green stormwater infrastructure: a capacity-based framework for implementation in disadvantaged communities. Local Environment, 22(11), 1338-57.
Participatory Research Methods
Community Engagement + Education Tools
Meet and greet events
Outstanding Community Engagement and Education Award
American Planning Asociation
New Jersey Chapter
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