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Jayajit Chakraborty

Jayaji Chakraborty

Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Chakraborty is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Founding Director of the Socio-Environmental and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory at the University of Texas at El Paso. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board and the EPA Environmental Justice Science Committee. He was recently appointed to serve as the Chair of the EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (EJScreen) Review Panel and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Utilizing Advanced Environmental Health and Geospatial Data and Technologies to Inform Community Investment. Dr. Chakraborty’s research activities encompass a wide range of environmental health and environmental justice issues, with an emphasis on social vulnerability to hazards, risks, and disasters. He is particularly interested in applying geospatial tools and spatial statistical techniques for analyzing environmental and social injustices. Dr. Chakraborty has a MS in Urban and Regional Planning and PhD in Geography, both from the University of Iowa.