QSIDE’s Research Agenda

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Our work focuses not only on conducting cutting edge data science research, but also on building the broader social justice research agenda by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of data scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars, activists, digital storytellers, and journalists. We encourage you to explore the areas of our web site that are of particular interest to your own passions and research areas, and please contact us if you’d like to become part of the QSIDE research program.

An overview of some of our current research from CEO and co-founder, Chad Topaz, Ph.D.

QSIDE’s research focuses on 5 major themes in social justice:

Inclusion in the arts and media

Our arts research focuses on the underrepresentation of women and people of color in mainstream spaces. Our premiere research project exposed a startling deficit of featured women artists and artists of color in major museum collections, prompting museums to reconsider how they collect, curate and present art collections. QSIDE has also begun investigating gender and racial disparities in professional orchestra auditions to explore whether bias is present in unscreened principal player auditions. We are expanding our research to examine how other fields within the arts perpetuate biases that are reproduced into our social and cultural norms.

Criminal Justice

We are currently fundraising to initiate a new line of research  to determine, analyze, and make public the associations between two critical sets of factors related to policing: the outcomes for Black and brown communities, including arrest rates, acts of violence against, and murders of BIPOC citizens, and  the demographic factors and political affiliations of city leaders, including mayors, police chiefs, and police union leaders and the ways in which these identities impact policing postures and practices.

Education Equity

Our education research to date has focused on the minoritization of women and people of color in professional positions of authority and seniority throughout academia. In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, we have recently begun investigating the differential impacts of institutional policies on students of color. We intend to expand into this arena, opening additional lines of research inquiry focused on a much broader spectrum of education justice, including bringing to light disparities in local, county, and state structures that underemphasize education and other social services in marginalized communities.

Health Care Equity

The QSIDE health care justice research agenda has focused on the impacts of public policy on health care access and outcomes for minoritized communities. During this moment of COVID-19, there is significant research being conducted into understanding the differential impact of the virus on the lives and health of communities of color. Our research will move further into this area, allowing us to partner with practitioners to transform discoveries into tangible policy and practice in hospitals, creating better outcomes for communities that have been historically misrepresented and underserved by the healthcare system.

Environmental and climate Justice

We are excited to continue the development our newest research area: environmental justice. At QSIDE, we recognize that a social and racial justice agenda is incomplete without consideration of the environmental and geographical factors that reinforce injustice and inequity. Our environmental justice research will drive evidence based demonstrations of differential outcomes for disadvantaged people in the physical environments they occupy and are forced into.