Current Scholar

Jocelyn Poe

PhD Student, Urban Planning and Development
Jocelyn Poe
Academic Institution: University of Southern California Location: Los Angeles, California Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Public Policy, Public, Population, and Community Health, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Low-Income Communities

FOCUS
Jocelyn seeks to explore the relationship between trauma and the built-environment. She desires to examine how lasting oppression creates cultural trauma for people of color and effects planning and policy processes. Historically, urban planning played an infamous role in shaping cultural trauma, and planners had the power to manipulate place to oppress disadvantaged populations. She wants to investigate how power dynamics affect the ability to live a healthy lifestyle and develop strategies and processes that change existing oppressive structures.

MORE ABOUT JOCELYN
As a child growing up in a low-income community of color, Jocelyn has seen how power, policy, and the shaping of physical place has impacted the health outcomes for populations that have been marginalized. She seeks to conduct research that inspires new planning strategies and processes that truly promote agency within historically oppressed communities.

DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — MAY 2021
On Trauma Imaginaries & Community Health

While planning theory has long acknowledged the profession’s role in producing racialized spatial realities, few have explored how place-based trauma shapes places, spatial processes, and lived experiences. This work develops communal trauma as an analytical planning concept by examining trauma imaginaries to fill this gap.

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