Spatializing Social Injustice

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 26
Organizers: Dong Liu, Zihan Kan
Chairs: Dong Liu

Call for Submissions

This session aims to have a multi-faceted discussion on the spatial dimension of social injustice. We invite papers from a wide range of disciplines that engage in exploring social injustice from a spatial perspective.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
1. Spatial accessibility inequality
2. Mobility disparity
3. Mobility-induced social inequality
4. Spatial challenges for improving social justice
If you are interested in participating in our session, please send your program identification number (PIN) to Dong Liu ( Please include “Abstract for Spatializing Social Injustice” in the subject of your emails.


Social injustice has long been and is still a major challenge for achieving social sustainability in both developed and developing countries. Among the many determinants of social injustice, the spatial dimension plays a major role. The social injustice induced by spatial inequalities such as social resource (e.g., employment, healthcare, food and green space) access inequity, inter-mode (e.g., between drivers and transit riders)/intra-mode (e.g., among different transit riders) mobility disparity has been impeding the efforts for reducing socioeconomic inequality. This session seeks to build a platform for exploring social justice from multiple spatial perspectives and aims to spread the novel and innovative methods of dissecting and addressing social justice spatially.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Cong Cong*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yoonshin Kwak, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Brian Deal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Comparative urban growth modeling based on multi-modal accessibility 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Hanlin Zhou*, University of Toronto, Jue Wang, University of Toronto, Kathi Wilson, University of Toronto, Examining Associations between Health-related Accessibility and Socioeconomic Characteristics 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Aynaz Lotfata*, Chicago State University , Yochai Eisenberg, University of Illinois at Chicago, Travel distance to COVID-19 testing sites for people with disabilities 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Lorena Melgaço*, , Lauren Andres, UCL, Bartlett School of Planning, Stuart Denoon-Stevens, University of the Free State, South Africa, Spatial injustice and socio-spatial divides in South Africa: what can planning and planners do? 15 5:25 PM
Presenter Ian Baran*, University of California - Irvine, Abolitionist Infrastructures: Coalition Against Police Abuse, Planning and the Horizon of Struggle 15 5:40 PM

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