Past Events

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Data Science and Collaborative Decision-making

On April 16, 2021, SAVi welcomed Department Chair, Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, and Dr. Moira Zellner, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director of Participatory Modeling and Data Science in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University, to discuss the application of participatory modeling and spatial analytics in projects that have become successful examples of community-driven planning.


The Institute for Metropolitan Studies presents Mindy Thompson Fullilove

On April 14, 2021, SJSU's Institute for Metropolitan Studies and the Department of Justice Studies hosted celebrated urbanist Mindy Thompson Fullilove who presented her newest book, Main Street (2020), and the others in what Andy Merrifield recently called her "urban trilogy" (2004's Root Shock and 2013's Urban Alchemy).

Us vs Them

Jan Doering on Race, Crime and Gentrification

On March 24, 2021, SJSU's Institute for Metropolitan Studies and the Department of Justice Studies presented Dr. Jan Doering (McGill University) in conversation about his new book, US vs THEM: Race, Crime, and Gentrification in Chicago.

California Megafires


On March 12, 2021, SAVi guest speakers discussed California megafires, the California Fire Hazard Severity Zone (CFHSZ) web map, and implication of CFHSZ data for examining asset impacts to the City of Los Gatos.

Virtual Department Open House

Virtual Department Open House

The Department Open House, a great opportunity for prospective students to learn about our programs and the many exciting career paths that urban planning and geography can open for you, was held on March 8, 2021. 

People's Guide to the SF Bay Area

A People's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies welcomed Rachel Brahinsky and Alexander Tarr on November 19, 2020 to present their new radical guidebook to the Bay Area. The authors highlighted cultural and economic landscapes as well as rich political legacies, including indigenous resistance to colonial rule, interracial and cross-class organizing, and the often unrecognized labor of farmworkers and everyday people. 

GIS Day 2020

GIS Day 2020: Mapping & Election

On November 18, 2020, SAVI and SJSU eCampus celebrated GIS Day 2020. This online event showcased a range of GIS and visualization techniques for exploring different aspects of our social challenges. Keynote speaker: Dr. John A. Curiel, Research scientist, MIT Elections Data & Science Lab on "Mapping Elections Performance Index." TechnologyTalk: Mr. Kurt Menke, Founder of Bird’s Eye View, FOSS4G educator, co-author of the GeoAcademy and author presented "The Best New Features of QGIS 3.X." Dr. Jennifer Redd, SJSU eCampus Director, shared SJSU Resources for GIS Education.

Story Map Competition

Student Story Map Competition

Participants created an ArcGIS Story Map that conveyed a contemporary topic in an informative and engaging manner. Prizes and certificates were awarded for the most intriguing maps at graduate and undergraduate student levels. Judges from Bay Area colleges and universities selected the winning entries, and students were honored at SJSU's GIS Day event on November 18, 2021.

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Secret Spirits & Secret Spaces

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies is partnering with Catalyze SV to present a conversation with Casie Kifer about her book, Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. Join us as we bring the community together through storytelling about our region. Friday, October 23, 2020.

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Ensheng Dong and the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Dashboard

The Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning is excited to welcome Ensheng ‘Frank’ Dong of Johns Hopkins University. A doctoral student at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Hopkins, Dong has played a large role in building the highly regarded Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard. Friday, October 1, 2020.

American Road Trip MTI

MTI Research Snaps: The American Roadtrip Reconsidered

Reexamining the road trip through a historical lens can inform the work of transportation professionals – especially in the context of the mobility revolution, social justice reform, and pandemic shutdowns. Co-presented by the Urban Planning Coalition, TRANSITion SJSU, and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies. Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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Samuel Stein: Housing, Gentrification, and the Real-Estate State

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies and the Certificate Program in Real Estate Development present author Samuel Stein, San Jose Housing Director Jacky Morales-Ferrand, and Professor Shishir Mathur to discuss Stein's book and its lessons for the Bay Area. Monday, March 16, 2020.

2020 Department Open House

Department Open House

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning invites new and prospective graduate students to explore a Career in Urban Planning! Monday, March 16, 2020.

Understanding How Women Travel

Understanding How Women Travel

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Mineta Transportation Institute welcome distinguished panelists from across California to discuss a groundbreaking new study from LA Metro and Fehr & Peers. Presented with the Institute for Metropolitan Studies and SPUR. February 19, 2020. 

Adonia Lugo lecture

Adonia Lugo: Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies and TRANSITion SJSU present Dr. Adonia Lugo discussing her new book, bicycle politics, and mobility justice in our cities. November 4, 2019.

Seeking Solutions to the Affordable Housing Crisis

Seeking Solutions to the Affordable Housing Crisis

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies and the Rotary Club of San Jose present a panel of distinguished experts on housing and homelessness discussing how we can address the challenges facing our region. March 19, 2019.

How Places Make Us

Japonica Brown-Saracino: How Places Make Us

The Institute for Metropolitan Studies welcomes Dr. Japonica Brown-Saracino to present her book on queer communities in four small US cities and how places shape identities. May 2, 2018.