Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"HC: Centering Perspectives on Well-Being from the Urban Periphery"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2017 - DURI
Research area(s):
Community indicators, well-being, quality of life, sustainability, community performance, healthy communities
Project Description:
City planners have used community indicators for more than 100 years to measure the interdependence of social, environmental, and economic inputs that influence a community’s well-being. The information that community indicators provide illustrates community values, and tells the story of where communities have been, where they are now, and where they are going socially, environmentally, and economically. Community indicators research is often structured within one of four frames: 1) quality of life, 2) sustainability, 3) community performance, and 4) healthy communities. The resultant indices are often used to determine and rank a city’s livability. Our goal is to investigate and co-create indicators of community well-being related to quality of life within an urban poor community in Lafayette Indiana. The underlying premise is that urban poor communities across the globe have negligible influence in determining the criteria for measuring a city’s livability. We imagine that material realities of poverty manifest in issues of failing infrastructure and poor living conditions that compromise healthy living, and that social realities manifest in decreased educational outcomes. All of which suggests that urban poor communities may produce collectively a set of indicators that create a different picture of a city’s livability. We will work with a select urban poor community to create and capture these indicators, the result of which will be a set of inclusive indicators for influencing local policy that can in turn impact social, environmental, and economic outcomes and community well-being.
Expected Student Contributions:
This project will incorporate qualitative research methods and inductive and deductive approaches to data analysis. To collect data, the research team will: 1) administer mixed-mode surveys 2) conduct semi-structured interviews 3) analyze primary documents Undergraduate researchers/interns will participate in each form and phase of data collection and will assist the principal investigator and faculty collaborator with data analysis. Undergraduate researchers will participate in varying phases of the research and scholarship processes, such as conference paper writing, presentation, and publication. Undergraduate researchers/interns can earn variable course credits each semester (1-3 credits) for participating in this project.
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Desired Qualifications:
Students who enroll in the variable credit research courses must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 1 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Ware, Jason
honors college

Student Supervisor

Jason Ware
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Dr. Jake Burdick
Curriculum and Instruction/Education