Briana Leone


Research Assistant


My current interests pertain to gentrification and crime, gentrification and community solidarity, as well as access to resources in changing neighborhood environments. My past research involvement has circulated around tabulating rates of expungement and observing rates of recidivism in the Philadelphia area. One of the reasons I am excited about working on this project is that I believe understanding communities and their needs (be it social, be it in relation to energy) and the interconnectedness of those needs to community-resource deprivation is paramount for social justice work.

As a research assistant, I hope to continue building necessary methodological and technical tools to conduct community ethnographic research. Between March and September 2020, I served as the Energy Rights Project research co-op. During this time my research focused on collecting data and analyzing utility moratoriums across the United States, data management for the Spring 2020 Shifting Energy Demands During COVID-19 surveybuilding pedagogoical resources for learning about energy vulnerability, drafting literary reviews on energy scholarships, and adding scholarly literature to our archive. To learn about my other research activities with the Energy Rights Project please view my portfolio

BS in Criminology and Justice Studies - Drexel University

BA in Sociology - Drexel University