Selima Sultana

Dr. Sultana’s research couples the insights of Urban and Transportation Geography with quantitative methodologies and GIS, allowing the use of a wide range of spatial data and scales. Very specifically, she is interested in the travel behavior of individuals and households in their urban environments, focusing on how people negotiate the conflicting demands of household responsibilities and the changing urban setting of their lives. She has investigated the degree to which commuting flows are the result of inefficiencies in matching jobs to housing, in addition to the spatial structure of city, the contemporary processes of urban-economic restructuring and resulting social changes, and the role of dual-earner households in commuting and residential location decisions. The results of her work have already been published in leading geographic journals such as The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Journal of Transport Geography, and the Southeastern Geographer. Her research has been supported by the University Transportation Center of Alabama, Center for Sustainability at Auburn University, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her ongoing work is examining: • The influences of Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) related changes on society and households, such as simultaneous impacts on (and interrelationships between) travel behavior and urban spatial structure. • Extending work on commuting to examine the effects of low density urban development in public school transportation and the resulting impacts on household travel patterns and children’s time budget. • Examining changed household commuting patterns due to urban sprawl, and particularly the relationships between sprawl and jobs/housing balance and spatial mismatch issues. • Exploring the level of accessibility of Greensboro residents to various activity places (e.g., jobs and shopping centers) by bike lanes, and determining how accessibility varies according to neighborhood structure (e.g., density and mixed-land uses) and population composition (e.g., income and race).

There are 11 included publications by Selima Sultana :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
The Civil Rights Movement and the Future of the National Park System in a Racially Diverse America 2012 1798 The U.S. National Park System contains places of world-renowned beauty and tremendous historical significance that represent some of the central values and experiences in American culture, democracy, and freedom for everyone, for all time. However, t...
Effects of Married-Couple Dual-Earner Households on Metropolitan Commuting: Evidence from the Atlanta Metropolitan Area 2005 352 The idea of creating a balance between jobs and housing within different commuter catchment areas of a metropolis has been a prominent approach for reducing traffic congestion, air pollution, and journey-to-work times. Married-couple, dual-earner hou...
Hispanic Immigrant Clusters and the Local Labor Market: Preliminary Evidence from North Carolina 2005 332 Over the past decade the Hispanic population has been the fastest growing race/ethnic group in the United States. North Carolina is one state that has experienced a Hispanic population boom. However, this growth is not evenly distributed throughout t...
The Nature of Urban Growth and the Commuting Transition: Endless Sprawl or a Growth Wave? 2014 1142 The concept of an urban growth wave expanding outwards is used to examine the commuting characteristics of residents of recently developed housing areas within the 50 largest US metropolitan areas at multiple points of time between 1980 and 2000. The...
Planning the Good Community: the New Urbanism in Theory and Practice (Review) 2009 2534 A review of the book “Planning the Good Community: the New Urbanism in Theory and Practice” by Jill Grant.
Race, Employment Sprawl and the Journey to Work in Birmingham, Alabama 2008 674 Studies of residential sprawl have shown that longer commutes are typical for residents of these areas, but the effect of sprawling workplace locations on journey to work patterns has not yet been closely examined. This paper uses commuting data from...
A Review of “Motoring: The Highway Experience in America” 2010 307 A review of the book “Motoring: The Highway Experience in America” by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle.
Title: Impact of Sprawl on Commuting in Alabama 2005 635 The objective of this research is to identify the influence and importance of urban sprawl on commuting patterns within Alabama cities, using the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa metropolitan areas as study areas. The commuting times and distances of sprawl...
Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore, by Thomas J. Vicino 2010 542 A review of the book “Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore” by Thomas J. Vicino.
Transportation Geography Specialty Group 2013 607 This is a report of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group (TGSG) at the 2012 annual Association of American Geographers (AAG) Meeting.
What about Dual-Earner Households in Jobs-Housing Balance Research? An Essential Issue in Transport Geography 2006 587 Within the last decade considerable concern has been expressed about increasing commuting times and their associated negative effects on traffic congestion and air pollution within metropolitan areas. The links between commuting time and low-density,...