Bose to be keynote speaker at Design Across Divides transdisciplinary conference

Portrait of Mallika Bose

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Mallika Bose, associate professor of landscape architecture and interim associate dean for research, creative activity and graduate studies for the College of Arts and Architecture, is slated as a keynote speaker for the Design Across Divides: Co-creating Tools for Community Change conference to be held March 28-30 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Hosted by West Virginia University and the City of Morgantown, the conference will explore ideas that help bridge social divides from the fields of communication design, service design, user experience design, social science and partners in community engagement.

Bose is an architect and urban planner who specializes in environmental behavioral studies. Her research seeks to understand how social structures are embedded in the built environment, and how such socio-spatial constructions shape behavior of different groups in society. She is active in research in the following areas: public scholarship and community-engaged design and planning; built environment and active living/healthy eating; gender and development; and design/planning pedagogy.

Bose co-edited a book on community-engaged teaching and scholarship titled, Community Matters: Service-learning in Engaged Design and Planning, which won the 2015 Great Places Book Award.

The title of Bose’s presentation is “The Promise of Community Engagement: Far-reaching Yet Elusive.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the event, please see the conference website.