COVID-19 Cases in NYC


Which neighborhood in New York City has the most COVID-19 cases? Using data from the NYC Department of Health, I map cases per zip code and neighborhood to understand the spatial and social distribution of the impact of the pandemic.

Status: Ongoing

Redlining and Amazon HQ2


How do legacies of redlining & gentrification in Long Island City in Queens, New York City shape the potential impact of and community responses to AmazonHQ2? This project investigates the patterns of gentrification through mapping the buildings built in the last 10 years in formerly redlined neighborhoods in Long Island City.

Status: Ongoing

Fifty-Year War: A Conflict Map


This project seeks to examine the relationship between the peace process and civilian deaths in the context of an active armed conflict, through a GIS-based analysis of conflict data in the context of the fifty-year active armed conflict between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and New People’s Army (NPA). 

What is the relationship between civilian deaths and the peace process? At what moment or stage of the peace process do we see a decrease and increase in civilian deaths? Do milestones in the peace process lead to a decrease in civilian deaths? For example, does the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL) in 1998 led to a decrease or increase in civilian deaths?What does this tell us about the peace process and peace?

At stake in this project is to collect conflict data and use for further scientific studies of consequences of conflict to civilian communities, and prospects of peace.

Status: Ongoing

Deaths, Drugs, and Democracy: Mapping the Philippines’ War on Drugs

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I am mapping 2,157 reported cases of extrajudicial assassinations of suspected drug users and dealers during the first wave of the Philippines’ “war on drugs” between June 2006 to February 2017, using the “Kill List” published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. I identify and analyze hotspot locations, examine proximity to police stations, and establish demographic characteristics among casualties. Patterns between place, time, victim’s age and sex, suspected drug user or otherwise, killed during a buy out or other mechanisms of killing, and killed by law enforcers or otherwise were investigated through spatial data analysis.

Status: Ongoing

Ghost Guide: Tokyo’s Vanishing Communities


A collaborative project between UCLA and Waseda University students to better understand homelessness in Tokyo and the effects of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to homeless communities in the city.

Status: Completed

Presentations: Waseda University, April 2017 | UCLA, June 2017

Home on LA’s Edge: A Thick Map

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A collaborative interdisciplinary GIS project that investigates the history, challenges, and the future of the William Meads Housing Project amid all the urban development projects in Northeast LA, including the revitalization of the LA River, LA State Historic Park, Dodger’s Stadium, and other transit-oriented development. This project was supported by the Urban Humanities Initiative of UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design (AUD), with funding from the Mellon Foundation.

Status: Completed

Presentations: TEDxUCLA Salon, November 2016; UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative Summer Salon, August 2016

oneteam-copyPhoto (left to right): Daniela Jimenez (Chicana Studies), Nerve V. Macaspac (Geography), Joshua Nelson (Architecture), Sarah Mercurio (Urban Planning), May Wang (Architecture)

Assemblages of War: Visualizing Hidden War Labor through GeoWeb

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Assemblages of War is a GIS-based initiative to visualize war and contribute to our understanding of what war is, and how it is being waged. By exploring the various arrangements of both human and the more-than-human assemblages that are integral to the everyday operations of war, this initiative highlights the spatialities of war and reveals the variegated places, spaces, networks, mobilities and positionalities that are mobilized in and for war, and to what costs.

Status: Ongoing. Click here to visit the site.

Mapping Human Rights Using Story Maps

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Working with Amnesty International USA, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global human rights organization, I mapped key human rights cases of individuals-at-risk in 2016  to highlight much needed human rights protection in the world.

Status: Completed. Click here to visit the project.