Jayajit Chakraborty

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Jayajit Chakraborty
Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Jayajit Chakraborty is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Founding Director of the Socio-Environmental & Geospatial Analysis (SEGA) Lab at UTEP. Prior to joining UTEP, Dr. Chakraborty served as the Chair of the Geography Division in the Department of Geography, Environment, & Planning at the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida). He was also a visiting scholar in the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).

Dr. Chakraborty’s research interests are located at the intersection of hazards geography, health geography, and urban geography, and encompass a wide range of contemporary environmental and social issues. Specific topics include environmental justice, climate justice, hazards and disasters, racial/ethnic disparities, environmental health, access to information and communication technologies, and urban environmental change. His research utilizes both traditional and newly emerging quantitative methodologies, including the application of GIScience and spatial statistical techniques.

Dr. Chakraborty has (co) authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-edited three books. His research has been published in prominent academic journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cartography & Geographic Information Science, Environment & Planning A, Health & Place, Risk Analysis, Social Science & Medicine, and Urban Geography. He has received multiple grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Association of American Geographers (AAG), Florida Department of Transportation, and several other agencies. He was also a recipient of the University of Texas System Faculty STARs Program award. Dr. Chakraborty has served on advisory committees and review panels for the AAG, EPA, NSF, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM).


  1. Environmental justice
  2. Environmental health
  3. Hazards/disasters
  4. Racial/ethnic disparities
  5. GIScience
  6. Spatial analysis.