News from Steve Marr and his research in Detroit
Steve recently returned from a few months stay in Detroit as part of his sabbatical year funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. While in Detroit, he conducted a series of interviews with grassroots community organizers engaged with equitable (sustainable) urban development in the city. He also spent time at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther archives looking at past community mobilizations on behalf of environmental, racial, and social justice to emplace contemporary efforts in historical perspective. While in the US, he presented his research to audiences at California’s Department of Water Resources, Sacramento City College, and at the African Studies Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.
His project titled, Do-It-Yourself Practices and Politics of Urban Climate Adaptation and Mitigation on the Margins: Detroit in Comparative Perspective, explores how vulnerable urban dwellers in Detroit manage the effects of climate change amidst extreme levels of inequality and in the context of uneven state presence.
Cover photo: “Black Jesus” mural on an abandoned church in Detroit, which is now being converted into a maker space/fab lab for neighborhood residents (with a particular focus on homeless populations). By Steve Marr