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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Hanson, Susan
Location Clark University
Primary Field Human Environmental Sciences
Secondary Field Social and Political Sciences
 Election Citation
Hanson fundamentally transformed analysis of urban environments by exposing the connections between travel-activity patterns and spatial structure, discovering and documenting the geographic bases of labor market processes, developing the concept of residential rootedness, and demonstrating its significance to urban processes.
 Research Interests
As a geographer I have concentrated on the relationship between people and the urban built environment in two detailed studies. The first, on people's everyday travel-activity patterns, examined the way that different groups make use of the city and showed how urban spatial structure configures household travel. This study reconceptualized travel as being rooted in spatially and temporally complex activity patterns. The second, on gender and urban labor markets, focused on occupational segregation, geographic opportunity structures, and connections between work and home. This study identified the spatial processes by which individuals, households, and firms--through their daily rounds of interactions--create and maintain labor market inequalities. It also developed the concept of geographic rootedness and demonstrated its importance by documenting how conditions of fixed location shape human capital formation and the emergence of segmented labor markets. My current work is proceeding along two lines: One seeks to understand how gender, geographic opportunity structures, and geographic rootedness affect entrepreneurship in cities. The other seeks to understand the emergence of sustainable versus unsustainable practices in urban areas.

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