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Michele Masucci


Office: 313 Gladfelter Hall
Tel: 215 204 4429/3596





Areas of Expertise:

Water resources management, GIS and society, appropriate use of GIS and information technologies, planning theory, community development



Ph.D. Clark University, Geography, 1987.
M.A. Clark University, Geography, 1986.
B.S. Salisbury University, Geography and Regional Planning, 1982.


Courses Offered:

GUS 1051 Environment and Society

GUS 2051 Urban Environment

GUS 3051 Problems of Environmental Quality

GUS 4000 Special Topics: Community Information Systems

GUS 5000 Special Topics: Information Systems Design and Management

GUS 4197/8097 Research Methods in Geography and Urban Studies




Her research examines how barriers to accessing information resources using geographic information technologies are interrelated with community development and environmental quality problems, including accessing health, education, and social services. She has worked to develop university-community partnerships with organizations that address human rights issues, community and environmental planning organizations in the Southeastern U.S. and in Brazil involved in water quality monitoring and assessment, and with informal educational settings on integrating information technology curricula through educational programs aimed at advancing knowledge of to develop information resources. 

She currently directs the BITS Program, an ongoing effort that was initiated with funding by the National Science Foundation in 2004 and has continued through funding from Philadelphia Youth Network. This program engages high school youth from the School District of Philadelphia to learn information and communication technology skills through providing experiences and training in geography, cartography, geographic field methods, and digital representation of place, environment, and social problems in the city. The program will be incorporated into two newly funded projects, including the Urban Apps and Maps Studio funded by the Economic Development Administration and Step Up funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. Dr. Masucci serves as the Co-PI for both grants, funded for a total of $700,000 for the next five years.

Dr. Masucci's research also investigates the ethical implications of e-health. She has also examined the relationship between geographic, social, and networked access to information technologies and health outcomes among 400 cardiovascular disease patients in a comparative study of health care systems in Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She  developed and implemented an internet training protocol that addressed digital divide barriers to accessing information technologies among patients enrolled in the study, assessing self-efficacy issues related to acquiring skills needed to use the internet communication tool developed for the study, and analyzing social, demographic, and spatial patterns associated with health outcomes among patients who use the communication tool. 

Previous research has been funded by the USIA College and University Affiliations Program, USDA, Fulbright, and the Regional Center for Teacher Education in Georgia. This work has examined the relationships between community planning, environmental management and information uses and technologies in non-governmental organizations in the Atlantic Rainforest Region of Brazil, in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin region, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work on identifying criteria for assessing appropriate use of IT in marginalized community settings is the focus of a new book that examines the relationship between social marginalization and technology implementation with non-governmental and community environmental planning organizations entitled:Towards a Theory of Contextual GIS (forthcoming - Oxford University Press).


Current Publications:


Gilbert, M. and M. Masucci. 2011. Information and Communication Technology Geographies: Strategies for Bridging the Digital Divide. Praxis (e) Press - University of British Columbia. 

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Masucci, M. 2010. A guide for Geographic Information Science Instruction in Out of School Time Settings. Curriculum for NSF Funded BITS Program. 

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Rovito, M. and M. Masucci. 2009. Literacy, Place, and Migration in Philadelphia among Ethnic ChineseCommunity Literacy Journal.  

Gilbert, M. and M. Masucci.  2008.  Reflections on a Feminist Collaboration:  Goals, Methods, and Outcomes.  In Karen Falconer-Al Hindi and Pam Moss (eds.) Feminisms in Geography:  Space, Place, and Environment, Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 237-245.

Gilbert, M., Masucci, M., Homko, C. and A. Bove. 2008. Theorizing the digital divide: An analysis of poor women’s access and use of information and communication technology. Geoforum, 39 (2): 912-925.

Masucci, M. 2007.  Digital Divide and E-health Implications for E-Collaboration Research. In Kock, N. (ed).Encyclopedia of E-Collaboration Research, Idea Group Publishers, pp. 153-158.

Masucci, M. 2007. Interrelationships between Web-GIS and E-Collaboration Research. In Kock, N. (ed).Encyclopedia of E-Collaboration Research, Idea Group Publishers, pp. 405-410.

Gilbert, M. and M. Masucci. 2006.  The implications of Including Women's Daily Lives in a Feminist GIScience.Transactions in GIS, 10 (5): 751-761.

Masucci, M., Homko, C., Santamore, W., Berger, P., McConnell, T., Shirk, G., Menapace, F., and A. Bove.  2006. Cardiovascular Disease Prevention for Underserved Patients Using the Internet:  Bridging the Digital Divide. Telemedicine and e-Health  12:1, pp. 58-65.

Gilbert, M. and M. Masucci.  2006. Geographic Perspectives on E-collaboration Research.  International Journal of E-Collaboration 2:1, pp. i-v.

Gilbert, M. and M. Masucci. 2005. Research Directions for Information and Communication Technology and Society in Geography. Geoforum 36:2, pp. 277-279. 

Gilbert M. and M. Masucci.  2005. Moving Beyond ‘Gender and GIS’ to a Feminist Perspective on Information Technologies: The Impact of Welfare Reform on Women’s IT Needs. In  A Companion to Feminist Geography, pp. 305-321. Edited by J. Seager and L. Nelson.  Blackwell  Publications.

          Published in online edition, April 2010 here:  

Gilbert, M. and M. Masucci. 2004. Feminist Praxis in University Community Partnerships: Reflections on Ethical Crises and Turning Points in Temple-North Philadelphia IT Partnerships. In Radical Theory/Critical Praxis: Making a Difference Beyond the Academy, pp. 147-158.  Edited by D. Fuller and R. Kitchin. Praxis (e) Press, Okamagen, IR.


Recent Grants Funded:


Masucci, M. 2003. “Building Work Readiness Skills through Development of a Community Information Systems in Collaboration with Local Small Businesses and Community Centers.” Funded by Philadelphia Youth Network Summer Development Institute Program. Amount Funded: $22,500 plus $49,440 youth participation funding. Project Director.


Masucci, M. 2003. “Improving Information Technology Skills and Technology Literacy through Summer Career Exploration Opportunities – 2003.” Funded by Philadelphia Youth Network, Summer Career Exploration Program. Amount Funded: $8,500 plus $15,450 youth participation funding. Project Director.


Masucci, M. 2003. “Forward and Beyond at Wanamaker Middle School – Spring 2003: Positive Youth Development through Career Exploration and Technology Training.” Philadelphia School District. $5000. Project Director.


Bove, A.; Santamore, W.; McConnell, T.; Menapace, F.; Hankins, S.; Crabbe, D.; Glassberg, H.; Libonati, J.; Masucci, M.; Morris, N.; and R. Albert. 2003. “Preventing Heart Disease in Underserved Patients.” The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services – Public Health Services Division. Amount Funded: $4,003,000. Co-P.I.


Masucci, M. 2002. “Enhancing Basic and Technological Literacies through Collaborative Career Exploration Experiential Learning Projects.” Funded by the Philadelphia Youth Network, Year Round In-School Youth Program. $54,000 with additional $36,500 youth participation incentive funding. Project Director and P.I.


Masucci, M. and M. Gilbert. 2002. “Overcoming Digital Divide Barriers through Summer Career Exploration Opportunities.” Funded by the Philadelphia Foundation, Summer Career Exploration Program. $23,600. Project Director and P.I.



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