ISSR Awards Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grants

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) has awarded three research grants totaling $25,000 in its inaugural round of funding through the Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grant Program.

The grant program is an annual competition designed to stimulate new scholarly collaborations for innovative research centered on sustainability themes in the social sciences. These seed grants are intended to support proposals that are not likely to be funded by traditional granting organizations because they are early in development and are interdisciplinary in nature.

The winning projects:

  • Electricity, Flexibility and Sustainability: Place-based Environmental and Sociopolitical Impacts of Our Coming Electrical System as Seen Through Hydropower and Rivers. Principal investigator: Eve Vogel, political and environmental geography, geosciences. Award: $10,000.
  • Initiating a Computational Social Science Effort to Support the Analysis of Sustainability-Relevant Institutions. Principal investigator: Charlie Schweik, environmental conservation and the School of Public Policy. Award: $10,000.
  • Coupling Natural and Human Systems: Norms Governing Engagement. Principal investigator: Brenda K. Bushouse, political science and School of Public Policy. Award $5,000.

Co-funded by ISSR and the School of Earth and Sustainability, the winning research teams leverage a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and expertise across campus and beyond, including the departments of anthropology, environmental conservation, geosciences, landscape architecture and regional planning, legal studies and political science, resource economics, sociology, and the School of Public Policy, as well as a host of governmental, nongovernmental and community organizations working at the human-environment interface.

This degree of inter-disciplinary collaboration exemplifies ISSR’s commitment to spanning disciplinary boundaries to open new ways of conceptualizing and studying the defining issues of our times.

The seed grants require that the principal investigators lead teams of faculty who span the wide expertise in this area of research across campus.

Grantees will present the results of their research at a special event in the Spring of 2018.