Society and the Environment

CURes society and the environment research examines the social components of urban ecological systems.

Los Angeles Stewardship Mapping & Assessment Project (LA STEW-MAP)

LA STEW-MAP is part of a USDA Forest Service national research program that seeks to inventory, characterize, and geographically map the activities and relationships of environmental stewardship organizations in urban areas. This project aims to improve both the scholarship and practice surrounding environmental stewardship, and governance of urban natural resources. One applied goal of the project is to inform development of a suite of online, publicly available tools that can facilitate local and regional natural resource planning and management. STEW-MAP has been implemented in Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Juan, and Seattle, allowing CURes to compare Los Angeles with other cities in the country.

Past Studies

Baldwin Hills Parklands User Study

CURes researchers setting up game cameras as part of the Baldwin Hills Parklands user survey.
CURes researchers setting up game cameras as part of the Baldwin Hills Parklands user survey.

CURes worked with the Baldwin Hills Conservancy to conduct a three-year (2014-2017) study of the park visitors within the Baldwin Hills Parklands. This research examined the number of visitors, where they come from, and how they use and experience each park. CURes worked with a team of 38 LMU undergraduate research assistants using multiple methods to assess park users, including visitor counts, a user survey, observational research, and a game camera study of visitation. The resulting analyses and reports will be useful for park management as well as providing evidence of the value of urban parklands. Read the full report (47MB).

For more information about our research, contact CURes Director of Research Dr. Michele Romolini at michele.romolini@lmu.edu.