Current Faculty Research Initiatives
Dr. Esnard is collaborating on a research project with Dr. Mitsova (Planning) and Dr. Shankar (Computer Science) funded by FAU's Climate Change Initiative (2011-2012). The project focuses on sea level rise impacts on shorelines, including development of innovative techniques for inventorying and characterization of these shorelines. Other collaborative research with Dr. Sapat (Public Administration) is funded by the National Science Foundation (2012-2015) and focuses on Haitian diaspora groups and their networks within the U.S. and transnationally to understand their role in fostering disaster resilience and recovery after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Asli Ceylan Oner
Dr. Oner's work generally focuses on impacts of globalization on metropolitan areas. Within this framework Dr. Oner focuses on global urban networks and distinctive spatial patterns that create metropolitan form. She is working on a Globalization and World Cities research project titled Measuring the US Space Economy under Conditions of Contemporary Globalization (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/projects.html). This project is based on a data collection in thirty global cities in terms of transnational business activity and linkages with the US economy. Dr.Oner also focuses on regional innovation systems and lifesciences in South Florida metropolitan area to map important assets and examine evolving trends in lifesciences. Currently, Dr. Oner is the principal investigator of a grant project that is awarded by the Village of Wellington, world-famous equestrian destination, to work on inventory analysis of Wellington's business community.
Dr. Li is currently working with Dr. Ceylan Oner and Dr. Jaap Vos on the business inventory and opportunity analysis of the Wellington Living Lab Project. Other current projects include post foreclosure housing resale market and neighborhood change, housing affordability of renters during the economic recession, and how neighborhood change is linked to the location of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Community Land Trust (CLT) projects. Her students from the "Public Sector and Economic Development Planning" class are now working on the market analysis of Lauderdale Lakes Town Center and North Bay Village commercial corridor planning.
Dr. Mitsova’s research focuses on the built environment and its interactions with natural systems. She has a background in research design, statistical analysis, as well as environmental planning and modeling using Geographic Information Systems, and interactive computer simulation. Dr. Diana Mitsova was involved as Co-Principal Investigator in a USGS- funded project entitled “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Framework for USGS Ecosystem Portfolio Model” (with Dr. Esnard as PI). She also co-authored a white paper on water resources management and adaptation in the face of climate change (http://floridaclimate.org/docs/water_managment.pdf). She collaborated with faculty from computer engineering and multimedia studies on teaching and developing prototype Android Apps on a variety of urban/ coastal sustainability topics. Dr. Mitsova collaborated with Dr. Esnard (as PI) and Dr. Sapat (as Co-PI) on a research grant funded by NSF focusing on the conceptualization of the Displacement Risk Index due to Catastrophic Hurricanes. She was also Principal Investigator of a research grant entitled “Seasonal Flushing of Oil and Grease from Urban Runoff to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve” funded by the National Park Service through FAU Environmental Sciences Everglades Fellowship Initiative. Her current projects include:
- "SE Florida Living Shorelines Geodatabase," PI -The Nature Conservancy, (06/01/14 – 12/31/14)
- "Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Public Health in Southeast Florida," Co-PI, Kresge Foundation,$250,000 (PIs, Deborrah Kerr, Florida Public Health Institute, and Dr. Len Berry, FAU), (12/2013 – 12/2015)
- "Evaluation of Shoreline Changes Using LiDAR and InSAR Data," PI - NASA SAR Data Center (2013-2014)
- DOE Rooftop Solar Challenge Phase II, Removing planning and zoning barriers to solar, with Broward County as the lead agency, (09/13-03/15)
Dr. Polakit's research explores various dimensions of "place", from phenomenology to regulatory, with particular attention paid to the formation of place identity. She is now looking at the process-product of "place making" through "interdisciplinary", "multi-scalar", and urban "character".