Christopher A. watson
Christopher A. Watson

Urban Environment


Work Position
Research Associate, Research Foundation, City University of New York.
Chief Executive to the President and Editor; Local 420, District Council 37, AFSCME.

Date passed dissertation defense
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Christopher A. Watson was born in Guyana, South America and received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Guyana. During college he worked with the internationally renowned volunteer organization, Youth Challenge International as Assistant Project Director; Logistic and Fundraising. After college, he worked with an environmental consultancy group conducting environmental impact assessments for the government of Guyana. In 2001 Chris immigrated to the United States after living briefly in Canada.
Chris gained his Master's degree in Urban Affairs, with honors, from Hunter College. He is currently Chief Executive to the President of New York City's largest public health care union; Local 420, District Council 37, AFSCME. He also writes and edits the local's quarterly newsletter, The Communicator. As a research associate with the Research Foundation, Hunter College, he is working on a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation; "Expanding Activity Space: Engaging Low-Income Populations in the Visualization of Travel Behavior and Mobility Barriers." It has resulted so far in the web transportation mapping tool,
Chris' research interests coalesce around some of the most enduring themes of urban scholarship: the intersections of poverty, race, and class; and the physical and socio-political impacts and consequences of gentrification in American cities.
He is a proud home owner in Newark, and has dedicated his talents to the transformation of his community and adopted city. For this, he has received several recognitions, including a City of Newark City Council Citation for excellent community service in 2009.


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