Articulating Strategies to Address Heat Resilience | SAD Seminar Series

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SAD Seminar Series 2020 presents a talk from Qunshan Zhao, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow

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Articulating strategies to address heat resilience through the Salvation Army Metro Phoenix utility assistance data

Long-term community resilience, which privileges a long view look at chronic, slow-moving issues affecting communities, has begun to draw more attention from researchers and policymakers. In Phoenix, resilience to heat is both a necessity and a way of life. Residents heavily rely on air conditioning but pay for the electricity to keep homes cool can be expensive for many low-income individuals and families. To better understand the utility assistance landscape in the Phoenix metropolitan area, we created a collaborative team of individuals from the university and the Salvation Army to articulate insights about systemic efficiencies and efficacies, from a data-informed perspective. Our collaborative research confirms that minority groups (African American and Native American) disproportionately require assistance. Meanwhile, 30% of the travel time and distance to intake interviews could be saved by switching from zip code-based assignment systems to address-based assignment systems.

Qunshan Zhao is a Lecturer in Urban Analytics in Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) and Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow

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