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Dr. Joseph Gibbons is an urban sociologist interested in how neighborhoods affect the well being of their residents. His research centers on how forces of ethnoracial inequality in the form of residential segregation and gentrification affect individual health and healthy behaviors. A key component of this dynamic is how segregation and gentrification uniquely impact one's sense of connection to their local community. To study these phenomenon, Dr. Gibbons draws on a number of data sources, including in-person interviews, demographic analysis of census data, electronic health records like cancer registries, and the use of 'big data' new media sources like Twitter. As an Associate Director of the Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age research center, he explores his interests with a multidisciplinary team of scholars from disciplines including Communications, City Planning, Geography, Linguistics, and Public Health. Dr. Gibbons has published on these topics in various journals, including Environment and Planning B, Social Science Research, Urban Studies, Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Urban Health. His work has been discussed in media outlets like CityLab.
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