incite peace mural


Ph.D. (2014) City and Regional Planning
Cornell University (Ithaca NY, US)

M.A. (2008) Community Development and Planning
Clark University (Worcester MA, US)

Selected Community Work
Guest Editor: Progressive Planning Magazine. Spring 2015
Leadership Committee – Center For Regional Change, UC Davis
Co-Chair – POCIG (Planner of Color Interest Group) of ACSP (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)


Simpson, S. 2019. Rural sound-space: A restless quiet and an active silence. In K. Doughty, M. Duffy, T. Harada (eds). Sounding the World: More-than-Representational Accounts of Sound and Music. Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar Publishing.

Simpson, S., N.C. Napawan, B. Synder. 2019. #OurChangingClimate: Building networks of community resilience through social media and design. GeoHumanties. DOI:10.1080/2373566X.2019.1575761.

M.A. Visser and S. Simpson. 2019. Understanding local government’s engagement in immigrant policymaking in the US. In J. Darling and H. Bauder (eds) Sanctuary Cities and Urban Struggles: Rescaling Migration, Citizenship and Rights. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

M.A. Visser and S. Simpson. 2019. Determinants of County Migrant Regularization Policymaking in the US: Understanding Temporal and Spatial Realities. Environmental and Planning A. DOI:10.1177/0308518X18797134

Simpson, S. 2017. Spatial patterns of the settlement and incorporation of international migrant residents in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. Population, Space and Place. 28(8). doi: 10.1002/psp.2060

Simpson, S. 2015.Negotiating Places of Incorporation: Comparing the Practices of Community Development Organisations in Immigration and Incorporation. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2015.1022515

Simpson, S. 2014. A Review of “Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30,” Visual Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2014.941600

Simpson, S. 2012. A Review of “A Neighborhood That Never Changes: Gentrification, Social Preservation and the Search for Authenticity”by Japonica Brown-Saracino. Urban Geography, 33 (5):762-763.

Simpson, S, and W. W. Goldsmith. 2011. A Review of “Our Schools Suck: Students Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education; More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City”. Journal of the American Planning Association, 77(1):94-95.

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y. L. Ross, W.Burdock, and S.Simpson. 2010. “Using geographic information systems to compare the density of stores selling tobacco and alcohol: youth making an argument for increased regulation of the tobacco permitting process in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA” Tobacco Control. 19:475-480.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Speaking
Napawan, N.C., S. Simpson and B. Snyder. Our Changing Climate: Resilience Networks at the Community Scale. Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Los Angeles CA, US May 2015.

de la Peña, D. and S. Simpson. Participation and Academia: A comparison of Models for Engaged Scholarship. Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Mobile Intensive: Democratic Design Without Borders, Los Angeles CA, US May 2015.

Simpson, S. and N. Erbstein. Expanding access to analyses through youth data literacy and agency. Institute for Social Science Conference – Society Counts – Big Data: Measuring Us. Davis CA, US May 2015.

Simpson, S. Spaces of disorder or spaces of belonging: Interpretive quantitative methods and understanding settlement. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) annual conference, Philadelphia PA, US, November 2014.

Simpson, S. ‘But I’m not good at drawing’: Mapping in narrative interviews. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Chicago Il. US, May 2014.

Simpson, S. Why are we still surprised? Care, attachment and capability in marginalized spaces. Association of European Schools of Planning – Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (AESOP- ACSP) Joint Congress, Dublin, Ireland, July 2013.

Simpson, S. Local housing institutions negotiating space for migrant incorporation. Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geography (RGS-IBG) annual conference. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 2012.

Simpson, S. Comparative possibilities for housing and immigration: State programs and local action in North American and Nordic countries. American Association of Geography (AAG) meeting, New York NY, US, February 2012.

Simpson, S. The museum listens: Productions of history and the institutional incorporation of immigrant youth in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) national conference. Baltimore Maryland, US, November 2011.

Simpson, S. Divergent urban governance and geographies of necessity: Social housing policy in Winnipeg and Toronto. Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA/ACSP) annual meeting, Waterloo, Ontario Canada, May 2011.

Simpson, S. Beyond gentrification: New typologies of urban change. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) annual conference, Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota, US, October 2010.

Simpson, S. Politics and public housing: Lessons on divergent urban public policy from Toronto and Winnipeg Canada. European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism summer school: Federalism, Regionalism & Public Policy, Edinburgh Scotland, UK, August 2010.

Y. Ogneva-Himmelberger, A. A. Cid, R. Dezan and S. Simpson, Pizza joints, health clubs, bus routes, and GIS: Measuring accessibility to health-related community resources and its relationship with urban socio-demographic patterns. American Association of Geography (AAG) meeting, Boston Massachusetts, US, April 2008. (co-author)

Research Grants, Awards and Honors
2014 UC President’s Public Partnerships in the Humanities: Community Partnerships – The University of California Humanities Research Institute. “Our Changing Climate: Resilience Networks at the Community Scale” (Co-PI with Claire Napawan)
2014 Undergraduate Improvement Program: Large Grant – UC Davis Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. “Service Learning for Sustainable Community Design”
2014 UC Small Grants in Aide of Research – UC Davis: Academic Senate. “Understanding non-urban settlement: Immigration in the California Central Valley and Manitoba’s Provincial North
2012 Doctoral Student Research Award – Understanding Canada: Canadian Studies Program of the Government of Canada
2011 NIH (National Institute of Health) support for Training Program in Advanced Spatial Analysis
2011 Sage Diversity Fellowship – Cornell University
2010 Einaudi Center Travel Grant – Cornell University; The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
2009 PhD Assistantship – Cornell University; City and Regional Planning
2008 Byron Hanke Fellowship – Foundation for Community Association Research
2008 Christiania Researcher in Residence – CRIR
2006-2008 Difficult Dialogue Fellow – Clark University through the Ford Foundation funded Difficult Dialogues
2006-2008 Community Leadership Fellow – IDCE Clark University

Methods in Design and Research: Community Participation (UC Davis)
Going Local: Perspectives on Community Development and Planning (Clark University)

Urban Design and Planning Studio (UC Davis)
Community Design & Planning (UC Davis)


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