Susan Easton Hanson

Clark University
Geographer; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology, Demography, and Geography

Susan Hanson is an urban geographer with interests in transportation, gender and economy, local labor markets, and sustainability.  Her research has examined the relationship between the urban built environment and people’s everyday mobility; within this context, questions of access to opportunity, and how gender affects access, have been paramount. In early studies of people's everyday traffic-activity patterns, she examined the way that different groups make use of the city and showed the relative importance of urban spatial structure and personal/household characteristics in configuring household travel.  Her studies of gender and urban labor markets focused on occupational segregation, geographic opportunity structures, and connections between work and home. She has also examined how gender, geographic opportunity structures, and geographic rootedness affect entrepreneurship in cities.

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