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Early-Career Research Fellow - Kevin Smiley

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University at Buffalo


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Dr. Smiley is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo. He is also a core faculty member of the university’s Research and Education in Energy, Environment, and Water (RENEW) Institute. He received his B.A. in history and sociology from Western Kentucky University, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Rice University. Dr. Smiley’s research is at the intersection of environmental and urban issues, with foci including natural hazards, public space, and industrial air pollution. In particular, his research analyzes the social characteristics of human populations that are made more vulnerable because of land cover changes from vegetated landscapes to developed ones, as well as the characteristics of those who benefit from newly developed land. He is one of the authors, along with Michael Oluf Emerson, of Market Cities, People Cities.


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