Data for Justice

Tensions and Lessons from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s Work Between Academia and Activism


  • Terra Graziani The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
  • Mary Shi UC Berkeley, Department of Sociology; The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project


Scholar-activism, Displacement, Housing justice, Feminist/decolonial epistemology, Mutual aid, Redistribution


What does it mean to do community engaged research as a scholar-activist? The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) is a project grounded in a critical orientation towards academic knowledge production. Instead of producing data for the academy, the scholars within AEMP see themselves as producing data for justice. The authors reflect on how, over the course of the project, AEMP has discovered the challenges of straddling the unequal terrain between academia and activism and offer three principles which have become key to AEMP’s own navigation of this academia-activism divide: mutual aid, accountability, and embeddedness.


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How to Cite

Graziani, T., & Shi, M. (2020). Data for Justice: Tensions and Lessons from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s Work Between Academia and Activism. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 19(1), 397–412. Retrieved from



Themed Issue- Narratives of Displacements (Guest Eds. Pull, Lind, Tsoni, Baeten)