Area of Interest
Transportation planning, equity, mobility justice, social justice, pedestrian and cyclist travel, accessibility
Dr. Kaylyn Levine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at East Carolina University. Her research connects transportation planning and critical social science research. Her mixed-methods approach links mobility justice with accessible urban systems, focusing on access to opportunity for disabled people and marginalized communities. She is passionate about planning inclusive public spaces and transportation systems. Her research uses network analysis to quantify built environment accessibility barriers for public transit riders.
Previously, Dr. Levine conducted research on equity practices at public transit agencies in the U.S., produced guidance on accessibility measurement for MPOs and state DOTs, and studied the relationship between racial equity and public transit. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Community and Regional Planning, an MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics from New York University, and a BS in Environmental Science from UCLA.
Why students should study GIS
GIS is a valuable tool to help explore and communicate spatial relationships and trends. It provides students with the skills to wrangle and clean data, as well as present findings in a meaningful, visual format. The problem-solving and creativity that GIS facilitates can be applied to a diverse range of fields and is useful for expanding career opportunities.