My research as a PhD student in the Geography Graduate Group with Emphasis in Computational Social Science at the University of California, Davis applies a multi-evidence-based approach that combines qualitative and quantitative techniques to study social ecological systems. Using the case of Cannabis production in one of the largest cannabis-producing regions in the United States, I explore the (de)criminalization of the cannabis industry in remote rural social ecological systems, often situated in infrastructure-poor places where access to sanitation, energy, water, telecommunications, and/or other critical resources is limited. The transition to a traditional market demand system will transform communities in these places politically, economically, and socially. Whether this transformation will advance social ecological justice or improve community resilience or quality of life remains to be determined.
Data Science for Social Justice Fellow 2023