11.24.14 News Nat Geo

Meghan Cope works with youth in Buffalo, New York.

Urban geographer promotes community-based research as ‘engaged scholarship'

After 20 years in the field, Meghan Cope has discovered that "a life-long commitment to the critical views of the world" is necessary to be a life-long learner.

A human geographer and professor at the University of Vermont, Cope spoke as a lecturer for UT's "National Geography Awareness Week" on her projects with youth in Buffalo, New York from 2002 to 2006.

Cope and her team of student researchers set out to observe and record the racially diverse populations represented in the city's west side and gauge the geographical impact on that community's development under the Children ...