Current Scholar

Ciara Horne

PhD Student, Systems Engineering
Ciara Horne
Academic Institution: University of Virginia Location: Charlottesville, Virginia Cohort Start Year: 2020
Research Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Environmental Justice, Racial Justice
Populations Served: African-American/Black, Low-Income Communities, Urban Communities

FOCUS
Economically disadvantaged groups (which are disproportionately racial/ethnic minorities) are the most vulnerable to the financial, environmental, and health consequences of flooding. In addition, sea-level rise and recurrent severe storms have resulted in erratic and intensified flooding occurrences that U.S. water-mitigation infrastructure (e.g., dams, levees) cannot withstand long-term. Ciara’s research consists of using data science and geographical information systems (GIS) methodologies to measure how the presence of this infrastructure contributes to the flooding vulnerability of Black urban communities in the U.S. This research will be used to influence policy by providing evidence of the public health and environmental injustices that form from the relationship between the built environment and demographic disparities.

MORE ABOUT CIARA
Ciara’s passion for prioritizing social justice in her engineering research comes from her lived experiences as a Black woman in STEM and as a daughter of Black parents from Baltimore City, Maryland. She wants to utilize her engineering background and underrepresented perspective to influence policymakers to develop ethical, equitable, and culturally-competent policies that will assist historically marginalized groups.

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