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Kevin Smiley

Assistant Professor of Sociology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Urban issues, social inequality, environmental justice, climate change, disaster resilience, bicycling, immigration

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Kevin Smiley’s research investigates environmental and urban inequalities.

He has studied a range of urban issues, such as disparities in exposure to industrial air pollution, urban development trends for bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and people’s beliefs about immigration. In addition, his research on disaster vulnerability investigates how changes in land use may lead to rising environmental risks.

In a book titled, “Market Cities, People Cities,” Smiley and his co-author argue that some cities are “market cities” focused on jobs, individualism and economic opportunities, while other cities are “people cities” that are more egalitarian, with government investment in infrastructure and an active civil society. The research explores how qualities of market cities (like Houston, Texas) and people cities (like Copenhagen, Denmark) influence their disaster resilience, land use, social inequalities, commitment to combating climate change, and more.

CONTACT:

Kevin Smiley, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences
UB RENEW Institute

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