Project FA15f: Refugee adaptation assessment

Project FA15f: Refugee adaptation assessment

Researcher: Audrey Lumley-Sapanski 

Semester for work to be done: Fall 2015

Position type: Cartography, GIS, spatial analysis

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Application URL:

Project description

This dissertation research explores the long-term outcomes of refugees resettled to Chicago. Given their past experience and new local context, how do they incorporate? Do they become self-sufficient? How do they adapt? What are barriers and challenges? Do they remain in enclaves or are they spatially assimilating? What happens over time? Specifically, I am examining how the spatial effects of neighborhood and job assignments might play a role. To do this, I met with 60 formerly resettled refugees to discuss with them their experiences, to record their employment data and housing data, and to capture their perceptions. The desired candidate will be able to take the address data, map it, and assist in preliminary analysis to compare neighborhood and housing type by length of stay in country.

Desired qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate enthusiasm and capacity to work independently. They should possess a strong understanding of ArcGIS; ability to geocode; introductory stats knowledge for spatial analysis; interest in segregation and attendant social ramifications. Recommended completed coursework: GEOG 361, 363, 364. Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.


To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

A complete application must include:

1. All required fields of online form:

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

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