URAG Team Member

Gitta Pap

Dr. Gitta Pap is an ecological planner, designer, educator, and researcher. She is from Romania and speaks Hungarian, English, and Romanian. Her planning approach is place-based and community-focused. She believes in bottom-up and community-led planning that is historically, culturally, environmentally, and religiously sensitive to the location. Her research areas include community development, cultural landscapes, faith-based communities, and fractured regions in Eastern Europe.

Dr. Pap is interested in how religion and faith build bridges among local communities and their institutions, with focus on communities of historically oppressed, or marginalized due to race, religion, and ethnicity. In this context, she has a special interest in faith-based communities in relation to climate change, land stewardship, local governance, adaptive capacity building, and informal planning.