Dr. Hytrek’s work creating a participatory budget process for youth featured in the LB Business Journal

Dr. Hytrek’s contributions to the participatory budget process featured in the Long Beach Business Journal

…You don’t read a manual and learn how to ride a bicycle. You ride a bicycle by riding a bicycle,” Hytrek said. “People learn how to become citizens, residents of communities, by doing the work, but often … there aren’t those opportunities, and PB creates those opportunities…According to Hytrek, a participatory budget process is one of the most effective ways to deepen and broaden democracy within communities…


CSULB Geography now accepting applications to the Master of Arts and MSGISci programs

The Geography Department is now accepting applications to our Master of Arts and Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) graduate programs!  Applications for Fall 2023 will be accepted until June 1, 2023, with application review beginning in April.

Geography Master of Arts Program
Geography at the CSULB supports a breadth of research interests, focusing on environmental and physical geography, geospatial science, human geography, housing and social justice, global and urban studies. Explore faculty research interests here: http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments/geography/ We can offer competitive funding opportunities, including research and teaching assistantships as well as lab technician positions.  For more information on the MA Program, please contact Dr. Gary Hytrek, MA Graduate Advisor at gary.hytek@csulb.edu or click here: https://cla.csulb.edu/departments/geography/graduate/

Master of Science in Geographic Information Science
The Master of Science in Geographic Information Science degree program (MSGISci) at CSULB is a one-year, 30-unit professional program that provides students with advanced analytic and technical training in geospatial technologies and incorporates professional skill building to prepare graduates for the geospatial workforce. Please contact Dr. Suzanne Wechsler, Program Director at Suzanne.Wechsler@csulb.edu for more information, or click here: https://www.cpie.csulb.edu/courses/master-of-science-in-geographic-information-science

Geography’s REU at River Ridge Ranch enters 2nd year!

CSULB’s Geography Department received a $344,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to run a three-year Research ExperiencePhoto of River Ridge Ranch pasture area for Undergraduates (REU) program in California’s scenic western Sierra Nevada foothills.  The program is hosted by River Ridge Ranch and Institute in Springville, California, begain in May 2022 and runs through 2024.  Eight undergraduate students from around the U.S. will be accepted into the eight-week program each year.  According to award recipient and Principal Investigator Dr. Paul Laris, “this project brings together eight undergraduate students with faculty for an eight-week intensive research and learning experience to study the science and technology of environmental conservation.” Laris added “the objective of the program is to train the next generation of land managers and restoration scientists in conservation science and technology.”  Information about the grant and application procedures can be found at https://cla.csulb.edu/departments/geography/nsf-reu/.  For a local take on the program, please see the February 16, 2022 article that was posted in the Porterville Recorder

CSULB Geography is featured in News of the CSU!

Photo of Alex Jung, CSULB Geography Dept.

Alex Jung, CSULB Geography Dept.

The work of Geography Department students and faculty in our local community was recently featured in News of the CSU, the Chancellor’s Office Communications and Public Affairs team online media outlet.  The April 13, 2022 CSU News story references an article that appeared in the Long Beach Post the previous day that describes how field data collected by students in Alex Jung’s Urban Planning classes will inform a new city plan to revitalize parts of central Long Beach.  Jung, who is also the Director of Planning and Design with the nonprofit City Fabrick, is playing a lead role in a year-long public outreach which seeks to bring community to the table in the development of a new zoning plan for the area. 

Research Assistant Opportunity in STEM Education

Dr. Linna Li and Dr. Hyowon Ban are currently working on a multidisciplinary research project titled “Improving STEM Education by Integrating Geospatial Technologies into K-8 Mathematics Curriculum.” The goals of this project are to design, develop, implement, and assess a set of instructional materials that integrate geospatial science and technologies into K-8 math curriculum to improve teachers’ knowledge of GIScience in STEM education and children’s mathematics learning abilities.

MA Student Ashley Guerrero & Dr. Jocoy co-authors

Kudos to M.A. student Ashley Guerrero who co-authored with Dr. Jocoy a book review publication in the academic journal Urban Geography reviewing geographer Don Mitchell’s book Mean streets: homelessness, public space, and the limits of capital. Congratulations!

MA Grad Student Ashley Guerrero finalist for a Fulbright Student Award

Ashley Guerrero, MA in Geography degree candidate, is a finalist for a Fulbright Student Award US Fulbright Program – Home Page (fulbrightonline.org) to study globalization and gentrification in Paris. Her proposal entitled, Équipes de football: Spaces of inclusion and resistance in Île-de-France, proposes to study the relationship between neoliberal deregulation and displacement in the banlieues around Paris and current and new resident’s perceptions of displacement.

Thank you to her faculty mentors Drs Hytrek, Jocoy & House-Peters.

Dr. House-Peters published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Robotics, Affective Displacement, and the Automation of Care: Annals of the American Association of Geographers

Recent accounts of labor displacement highlight the automation of tasks in care work, long thought to require uniquely human skills. These developments call for a retheorization of displacement that addresses the shifting sites and relations of human labor, while also questioning the humanness of care. This intervention supplements a humanist concern for the displacement of discrete human bodies with a posthuman concern for the displacement of specific affective relations. The emerging robotic care industry illustrates how displacement involves complex reconfigurations of more-than-human intimacy. Developing a micropolitical understanding of technological displacement, we argue that caring as a sensory set of affective relations is being transformed by new regimes of robotic care, and this has crucial implications for theorizations of care, automation, and displacement in geography.

In-Person and Virtual Open Lab Access Now Available!

S22 Open Lab:

We are pleased to announce that our in-person and virtual Open Lab resources are now available for students that need additional assistance with computer lab assignments in their courses.  In-person open lab hours will be held in room PH1-208, while the virtual Open Lab hours will be offered to students on the Zoom video conferencing platform.  The days and times that both the in-person and virtual open lab hours will be held weekly are shown in the schedules provided below.  All open lab sessions (in-person and virtual) will be staffed by graduate students who have had previous undergraduate coursework in GIS and remote sensing, but can also assist you with computer-related questions for most other subjects.

Please ask your instructor or the GIS Lab Manager for the Zoom links and pass codes to access the virtual Open Lab Zoom room.  Important Note: All details regarding campus access by students (including COVID-19 procedures) and scheduling of in-person open lab time are provided via the Open Lab Access link on this home page.

Dr. Deshonay Dozier Published in Antipode

Rethinking the Homeless Crisis: Black Spatial Visions for Los Angeles



By “thinking conjuncturally”, this article urges urban geographers to rethink the site of encampments as a space for cultural intervention in urban planning and development. Drawing on content analysis of archival records, this article provides a case study of Black-led and supported encampment communities in the 1980s and 1990s in Los Angeles. These encampment communities emerged in a critical moment when Los Angeles became the homeless capital of the nation while the demographics of the homeless became predominantly Black. The article shows the emergence of encampment communities as both a result of rising homelessness and as a necessity for creating life-fulfilling alternatives. As such, these include sonic critiques, cooperative planning, forming a commons, and a poetic ethnography against the carceral organisation of homelessness. The article shows that to understand homelessness and crisis, geographers must take seriously the site of the encampment as an emerging cultural intervention.