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 was a Professor and 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). He was recently appointed as a member of the Science Advisory Board and the first Environmental Justice Science Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).As a broadly trained social scientist, Dr. Chakraborty’s research interests encompass a wide range of contemporary environmental and social justice issues. Specific topics include environmental justice, community vulnerability to hazards and disasters, sustainability, health disparities, food insecurity, and urban environmental change. His scholarship has examined environmental and social inequalities in multiple US urban areas and regions, Australia, India, and the US-Mexico border. His research utilizes a variety of traditional and emerging methodologies, including applications of GIScience and spatial statistical techniques, as well as social surveys and mixed-methods approaches.Dr. Chakraborty has coauthored over 100 publications and coedited 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, Environment & Planning A, Environmental Research, Health & Place, Risk Analysis, Social Science & Medicine, and Urban Geography. He is currently coauthoring a chapter for the US Government’s Fifth National Climate Assessment report. His research has been funded by grants from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Treasury, US Department of Transportation, and many other agencies. He was also a recipient of the University of Texas System Faculty STARs 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). He is currently serving on the editorial boards of the following journals: Environment, Development and Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Environmental Justice.


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