John Seley, Ph.D.

John Seley is Professor of Environmental Psychology at The Graduate Center and an Affiliated Professor in Urban Studies at Queens College. In the Environmental Psychology Department he teaches courses on urban geography and social service delivery. John is also the Senior Faculty Director of the Office of Community Studies, an affiliated research unit of the Urban Studies Department at Queens College where he teaches an introductory course on Urban Services and Institutions and an advanced course on Conflicts in Urban Planning.

Through the Community Studies Office, John has carried out a number of studies of the Borough of Queens. His studies of Long Island City have tracked industrial change during a fifteen-year period. In addition, he has studied changes in transit usage in Jamaica, demographic and economic change in four Queens neighborhoods, and residential displacement. Sponsors of the studies have include the Chamber of Commerce, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Consortium for Worker Education.

Together with the Office of Community Studies and his colleague Leonard Rodberg at Queens College, John developed INFOSHARE, a computerized data base system that allows community groups, non-profit organizations, and others to access demographic, health, and economic information about New York City. The INFOSHARE system and databases are in use by organizations throughout the City and within CUNY. John also serves as Director of the New York City Nonprofits Project. In addition, John does research on environmental issues such as community right-to-know and public policy issues including workfare and evaluation of public services.

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