Articulating strategies to address heat resilience through the Salvation Army Metro Phoenix utility assistance data

Tuesday 3 November 2020
16:00 – 17:00 (GMT)

Dr Qunshan Zhao, Lecturer in Urban Analytics at UBDC and Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, will present this talk as part of the SAD Seminar Series 2020.

Long-term community resilience, which privileges a long view look at chronic, slow-moving issues affecting communities, has begun to draw more attention from researchers and policymakers. In Phoenix, resilience to heat is both a necessity and a way of life. Residents heavily rely on air conditioning but pay for the electricity to keep homes cool can be expensive for many low-income individuals and families. To better understand the utility assistance landscape in the Phoenix metropolitan area, we created a collaborative team of individuals from the university and the Salvation Army to articulate insights about systemic efficiencies and efficacies, from a data-informed perspective. Our collaborative research confirms that minority groups (African American and Native American) disproportionately require assistance. Meanwhile, 30% of the travel time and distance to intake interviews could be saved by switching from zip code-based assignment systems to address-based assignment systems.

SAD 2020 - the Spatial Analytics + Data Seminar Series

An international showcase to the best scholarship involving geography and data co-sponsored by Newcastle University, University of Bristol & the Alan Turing Institute.

From segregation and social networks to machine learning and movement, the Spatial Analytics + Data seminar series is a place for dialogue among scholars united by interest in geographic data & spatial analysis, as well as a platform for cutting-edge methods and thinking in spatial social science.


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