Participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS): A Critical Methodological Approach for Urban Social Work Research




participatory research;, urban neighborhoods, health, GIS, social work


This paper explores the utility of participatory GIS as a methodological approach for urban social work research focused on socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and resident health and well-being. The discussion begins with a brief overview of social work’s person-in-environment framework and the historical use of mapping in social work research and practice. Participatory GIS is then outlined and evaluated in the context of social work values and critical social work scholarship. Finally, consideration is given to the steps social work researchers can take to develop GIS skills and integrate participatory GIS into their community-based scholarship.


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Roybal, K. (2022). Participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS): A Critical Methodological Approach for Urban Social Work Research. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 22(3), 65-74.