Research

Our research group seeks greater understanding around the transdisciplinary nature of water resources, particularly within the water, energy, and food security community. Throughout local, regional, and international pursuits,  complex decision-making takes place between competing interests for water resources. This work, which in the past has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the CGIAR International Research Consortium, strikes a balance between fundamental advancements and practical outcomes.

Decision-making, Network Analyses, and the F.E.W. Nexus

Billions of people throughout the globe do not have adequate access to basic food, energy, and water (FEW) provisioning and the critical services associated with these natural resources.  With increasing populations, the Earth’s finite resources, and radically changing climates, these global challenges will become increasingly difficult to solve.  Lack of adequate resources can cause environmental degradation as well as economic and social strife while resource over-extraction has the potential to cause interlinked human health and global environmental consequences.  These challenges build our social imperative to seek more equitable and sustainable ways to manage Earth’s natural resources now and into the future. This interdisciplinary work draws on methods from multiple disciplines including hydrology, network analyses, economics, computational modeling, and coupled ethical-epistemic analyses.

Networks

Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development

In order to achieve global goals in sustainable development, implementing successful water and food development projects will remain a priority for engineers and policymakers alike. It is important to learn from previous failures in water, sanitation, and agricultural projects in international communities and address these challenges going forward. This work investigates new alternatives for water engineering projects based on the integration of transdisciplinary data throughout the monitoring and evaluation process.Banner 1 Research

Transdisciplinary Global Environmental Challenges
We are always looking for innovative collaboration opportunities spanning multiple global environmental challenges including:

  • Climate change vulnerability modeling
  • Costs and benefits of international environmental treaties
  • Food, water, energy nexus challenges
  • Scientific integrity in policy decision-making
  • Environmental justice issues