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College of Natural Resources

Center for Geospatial Analytics

Perver Baran

Perver is a Research Associate Professor of GIS with the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a joint appointment in the PhD in Design Program in the College of Design. Perver’s research improves our understanding of how natural and built environments contribute to active living, health, quality of life, and sustainability. In particular, her most recent research utilizes GIS, space syntax, and immersive virtual environments to understand how urban, neighborhood, and open space environments support physical activity, park use, safety, neighborhood resilience, and quality of urban life. Perver teaches Advanced Geospatial Analytics, Research Methods in Design, and Research Paradigms in Design. She holds PhD and Masters degrees in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Beyond research and teaching, Perver enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling with her family.

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