Emily Ayscue, a PhD candidate in integrative conservation, has won a 2017 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant from the UGA Graduate School.
Ayscue was one of a few chosen by the Graduate School for the grant program, and she will receive $2,500 to help fund her research activities at the Warnell School.
Ayscue's dissertation focuses on understanding the impacts of short-term vacation rentals such as Airbnb on urban neighborhoods. She is conducting door-to-door surveys of residents in Savannah, Georgia, to explore the perceptions of the social, financial and environmental impacts of these types of vacation rentals. Ayscue's project also focuses on conducting interviews with short-term vacation rental hosts or owners to understand "who they are as residents and members of their community, as well as their perspective on the impacts" of these rentals in the neighborhoods in which they exist.