Job description: Work on a collaborative team of
faculty, graduate and undergraduate students on urban public spaces research
Students will have the opportunity to provide research
assistance for research synthesis on urban public spaces. The project is funded
by the William Penn Foundation to evaluate the evidence on the environmental benefits
of urban public spaces, and our synthesis will describe the state of the field
by delineating what we know and do not know. The research team will write a
final report that will target a policy and practitioner audience to
substantively inform the future of our urban public spaces.
The student will assist in synthesizing
evidence on environmental costs and benefits associated with public spaces in
areas such as air pollution, energy consumption, storm water management, water
quality, biodiversity, interest in the environment, and environmental activism.
Project responsibilities include conducting literature
searches, summarizing and evaluating studies on public spaces, developing
presentations to disseminate the results of the study, and contributing to the
final report. Estimated time commitment is 10 hours per week for 12 weeks (or
120 hours total) beginning in January 2019. The student will be paid $15/hour
and will report primarily to Dr. Michelle Kondo at the United States Forest
Service, in addition to Dr. Patrick Gurian at Drexel University.
To apply, please submit a resume and letter of
interest that describes your interest in the project and your academic and
professional preparation to Dr. Patrick Gurian (plg28@drexel) by February 15, 2019.
Must be a major in Civil/Environmental Engineering, with knowledge of urban air pollution, hydrology, biodiversity, heat island/temperature and energy consumption. Prior experience with literature searches and synthesizing studies either through coursework or independent studies is required.