The Department of Geography and Urban Studies is proud to announce that it will award the first Harris Webber Graduate Fellowship for doctoral study in the academic year 2014-2015. This Fellowship is made possible by the generosity of Temple alumnus Harris Webber (CLA, ’65). He is the founder of Harris Webber Ltd, a company involved in the planning, architecture, development and management of retirement communities and health care facilities. This endowed Fellowship expresses Mr. Webber’s commitment to the importance of preparing researchers to understand and shape livable, sustainable, socially productive and more equitable metropolitan communities of the future. That commitment marks his entire professional career as a community planner in many different settings.
The endowment established by Mr. Webber, supplemented by funds from the College of Liberal Arts, provides financial support for an advanced PhD candidate in Geography and Urban Studies to pursue urban research that is applied, requires fieldwork and/or has policy implications.
The 2014-2015 Fellowship has been awarded to Colleen Hammelman, PhD candidate in Geography and Urban Studies. Her research will examine the coping strategies employed by displaced women in Medellin, Columbia and Latina migrant domestic workers in Washington DC in order to better understand both everyday lived experiences of food insecurity in these environments and the influence of structural processes. Her research questions center on connectivity, asking how food insecurity coping strategies carried out by transnational migrants relate to the connectivity fostered by mobility and social networks. Using a mixed methods research design characterized by the qualitative GIS method of sketch-mapping during in-depth interviews, she asks how food insecurity coping strategies relate to neighborhood and city-wide mobility/immobility; how social networks influence food insecurity coping strategies; and how mobility and social networks support or affect each other.