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 strikes a balance between fundamental advancements and practical outcomes.

NetworksCurrent Projects:

  1. Ethics, Security, and Critical Network Project: Ongoing. Funded by the Rock Ethics Institute this project will pursue both descriptive research that will build network models to answer hypotheses relating to the propagation of risk through critical infrastructure and normative inquiries into ethical questions that seek to identify and explore social and political implications of risk and what it means for our understanding of security. (PI; in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Rajtmajer)
  2. Maritime Security and the FEWs nexus: Ongoing. Funded by the Center for Security Research and Education this work includes a multiscale exploratory inquiry into underlying threats and strategies for resilience of food, energy, and water resources through analyzing supply chains and shipping within and beyond the United States. (PI; Faculty Fellowship; primary student: Paniz Mohammadpour)
  3. Using Footprint methods to manage the linkages among water, food, and energy to secure a sustainable future: Ongoing. This work strives to answer questions such as How do we quantify water, food, and energy production and consumption simultaneously and across landscapes? How do the properties and connections of socioeconomic-environmental-infrastructural (SEI) networks influence the flow of WFEs resources? What are critical feedback loops that emerge from SEI networks? Internally supported funding. (PI; primary student: Tasnuva Mahjabin)
  4. Ethical considerations of university involvement in international development: Ongoing. This work strives to deepen our collective knowledge and provide an analysis of university-community engagement within the often-siloed literature on ethics and international development to provide suggestions on strengthening mutually beneficial international partnerships in a variety of fields and applications. Internally supported funding. (PI; primary student: Lauren Trepanier)
  5. Landscape-U, Impactful partnerships among graduate students and managers for regenerative landscape design: 9/2018 – 08/2023.  This National Science Foundation funded Research Traineeship (NRT) Program will implement bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. Our project focuses on research relating to societal issues around food, energy and water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and globally. More information can be found here. (Co-PI; Participating students: Paniz Mohammadpour and Lauren Dennis)
  6. What would the Susquehanna River Basin (SRB) look like in a European Union (EU) Water Framework Directive? 4/2018 – 8/2019. This study, supported by the Institute for Energy and Environment, includes a collaborative cohort of US and EU scientists working to evaluate the impact of US versus EU policies on water quality in agricultural watersheds. (Co-PI)
  7. Developing next generation solutions to mitigate the grand challenge of nonpoint source pollution: 08/2018 – 07/2019. In collaboration with Monash Univeristy, this project provides seed funding to  brainstorm new and innovative solutions for nonpoint source pollution through synthesizing views through a systematic approach to the prioritization, placement, and predictions of urban stormwater control measures and engaging diverse stakeholders in ideation activities at planned workshops. (Co-PI)
  8. Health impacts of roadway dust and groundwater following treatment with oil and gas fluids: 07/2018 – 06/2020.  The Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute supports this grant to  identify potential human health impacts from the application of oil and gas waste fluids as dust suppressants on unpaved roads in Pennsylvania. (Co-PI)

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Research interests in the Grady Lab include:

  • Decision-making and network analyses
  • Food Water Energy Nexus
  • Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development
  • Transdisciplinary Global Environmental Challenges
  • Costs and benefits of international environmental treaties
  • Scientific integrity in policy decision-making
  • Environmental justice issues