Juliana Maantay

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Research Interests

  • Geospatial analysis; urban environment; environmental health justice; population geography; urban built environment; community participatory GISc; urban agriculture and food justice; natural hazards and risk analysis


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Lehman College

Juliana Maantay is a Professor in the EEGS Department at Lehman College and the founder and Director of the Geographic Information Science (GISc) Program. As a New York City native she has had a life-long interest in the urban environment, including urban culture, history, and the built environment, and a passion for social justice issues. Her research focuses on the spatial analysis of environmental health justice; land use and health impacts; urban hazards and risk assessment; and community-based participatory planning. Recently she received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair award to study health and the built environment at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Maantay has published extensively on her research, as well as written an internationally-used textbook, “GIS for the Urban Environment.” She is a Research Scientist with the NOAA-CREST Center, where she is spearheading work on the public health impacts of climate change. She directs the Urban GISc Lab at Lehman, where other recent research includes the relationship between air pollution and respiratory and cardiovascular disease; diabetes/obesity and location of active recreational spaces and healthy food choices; urban agriculture and health; segregation, disease, and health inequities; new dasymetric methods of population mapping; and geovisualization of health data.

Recent Publications (Partial List):

  • Maantay, J.A., Maroko, A.R., Anguelovski, I., & Connolly, J.  2020. The Paradox of Urban Greening: Does it Harm the Very People Who Need it the Most?  The Constructed Environment,  10(4): 25 pages..

  • Maantay, J.A.  2019.  Environmental Justice and Fairness. Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning, Davoudi, S.; Cowell, R.; White, I.; and Blanco, H., eds. Routledge: Oxford, UK.

  • Anguelovski, I., Checker, M, Connolly, J.J.T., Gould, K., Lewis, T., Maantay, J.A., Maroko, A.R., Pearsall, H., Timmons Roberts, J., Shokry, G.  2019.  Why green "climate gentrification" threatens poor and vulnerable populations.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(52).

  • Maroko, A.R., Maantay, J.A., Machado, R. P. P., & Barrozo, L.V.  2019.  Improving Population Mapping and Exposure Assessment: Three-Dimensional Dasymetric Disaggregation in New York City and São Paulo, BrazilPapers in Applied Geography, 5(2): 45-57.

  • Maantay, J.A. and Maroko, A.R. 2018.  Brownfields to Greenfields: Environmental Justice versus Environmental Gentrification.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (17 pages).

  • Maantay, J.A., and Maroko, A.R. 2017.  Assessing populations at risk: Areal interpolation and dasymetric mapping, in: Walker, G., Holifield, R., eds., Handbook of Environmental Justice, Routledge, UK.

  • Maantay, J.A. and Maroko, A.R. 2015.  ‘At-risk’ places: inequities in the distribution of environmental stressors and prescription rates of mental health medications in Glasgow, Scotland.  Environmental Research Letters, 10 (16 pages).

  • Maantay, J.A. 2013.  The Collapse of Place: Derelict Land, Deprivation, and Health Inequality in Glasgow, Scotland. Cities and the Environment, 6(1): Article 10 (55 pages).

  • Maantay, J.A. and Becker, S., eds.  2012. The Health Impacts of Global Climate Change: A Geographic Perspective, Journal of Applied Geography, 33: 1-106.

  • Chakraborty, J., Maantay, J.A., and Brender, J.  2011. Disproportionate Proximity to Environmental Health Hazards: Methods, Models, and Measurement. American Journal of Public Health, 101 (S1): S27-S36.

  • Maantay, J.A., and McLafferty, S.  2011.  Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Health, Springer-Verlag.  500+ pages.


NOAA-CREST, City College/CUNY, Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Science and Technology, Research Scientist; CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System Institute, Research Scientist and Director of Geographic Information Science and Technology; Baruch College/CUNY, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), Affiliate Faculty; Lehman College/CUNY, The Urban GISc Lab, Director.

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Lehman College