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Welcome to my homepage. I am an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Michigan-Flint. I'm also a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Michigan Data Science Institute (MIDAS) and Fellow at the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health (UK)

My current CV is available here

My research is centered on examining accessibility, urban design, and public health outcomes using innovative GIS methods and empirical models. My work within these areas has been expansive, spanning approaches involving active transportation; naturalistic models to assess cycling stress; Agent Based Modeling (ABM); travel-mode sentiment analysis using Big Data; travel-demand modeling; neighborhood crime and public health outcomes; urban infrastructure resiliency; mental health-transportation-urban form relations; intermodal travel potentials in legacy cities; and geovisualizing food insecurity patterns. 

I also have a breadth of practical experience from my time working in private industry, government sectors, and non-profit organizations as a GIS analyst, planner, and consultant. These experiences inform my teaching and complement my research agenda.   

LATEST NEWS

New publication in Urban Geography: "Skateboarder and scooter-rider perceptions of the urban environment: a qualitative analysis of user-generated content"
 
Working with my friend and colleague, Dr. Lorne Platt, we examined how personal mobility devices (aka, scooters and skateboards) can be promoted using crowdsourced data and a robust theoretical framework. Not surprisingly, our results suggest that many riders encountered rough surfaces and difficult
transitions. The overall findings tell us that cities
need to acknowledge this evidence and apply this toward longterm efforts set on facilitating these active mobilities in an urban setting. The author's version of the article can be found here
New publication in Transportation and Research, Part F: "Physiological responses to urban design during bicycling: A naturalistic investigation"
A recent international project recently been accepted for publication in the journal: Transportation Research F:  Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. is a result of my work in Wuppertal, Germany. The collaboration investigated the mitigating influence of urban design on bicycling comfortability (aka, stress) in an urban environment using biosensors, micro-scale environmental data, and geospatial analysis. The full-length article can be found here.  
New professional appointments: 
I've recently been selected to lead the Urban Sustainability and Environmental Health Research Cluster at the University of Michigan-Flint. The mission of the group will be to coordinate research among domestic and international scholars on examining critical urban and environmental health issues. If you're interested in finding out more, please contact me at grybar@umich.edu 
I am excited to announce that I have been recently selected to serve as a Fellow at the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health. Working with Director, Leyla McCay (@laylamccay), and many other Fellows at the Institute, I will bring my enthusiasm and empirical skills to further our understanding on the connections among urban design, mental health, and active transportation. Stay tuned and if you want to learn more about the Institute, check them out here!

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University of Michigan-Flint

Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment

University of Michigan, Michigan Institute of Data Sciences (MIDAS) 

Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health

 

University of Michigan-Flint

Department of Geography, Planning and Environment 

516 Murchie Science Bldg

Flint, Michigan 48502

t: 810-762-3355

grybar@umich.edu