05apr12:00 pm4:00 pmiSEE Workshop: "Nature-Society Interactions in Developing Communities"
The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) invites you to attend the first of two workshops toward establishing a multidisciplinary initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign related
The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) invites you to attend the first of two workshops toward establishing a multidisciplinary initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign related to advancing the sustainability of Nature-Society Interactions in Developing Communities. The intent of this first workshop is to bring together researchers from across campus to identify synergistic lines of research and build a cohort to pursue external funding.
A center point for the discussions will be the sustainable provision of safe water and sanitation in East Africa, with the goal of developing a cohesive interdisciplinary vision for sustainable infrastructure systems in resource-limited settings that manage the dynamic interactions between nature and society proactively. Given the central role water and sanitation play in people’s lives and livelihoods in these settings, a broad range of topics are of direct relevance and critical to achieving holistic solutions:
- agriculture and nutrient management;
- energy production, use, and financing;
- nutrition and health;
- gender equity and power dynamics;
- economics, entrepreneurship, and marketing;
- natural resource management and conservation;
- decision-making and behavior change;
- water management and treatment;
- sanitation and resource recovery;
- international aid and domestic investment in infrastructure and service delivery; and
- any other topics that will impact or be impacted by water and sanitation systems.
The goals of this first workshop are to:
- enable individual attendees to introduce key sustainability challenges in their respective disciplines;
- identify and prioritize research needs and align goals for health, nutrition, income, equity, and environmental sustainability through circular resource management and novel infrastructure; and
- establish a cohort of multidisciplinary researchers interested in pursuing external funding to build these concepts into a large-scale initiative at the interface between international development.
(Friday) 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Soybean Research Center
and Environment (iSEE)