april, 2019

05apr12:00 pm4:00 pmiSEE Workshop: "Nature-Society Interactions in Developing Communities"

Event Details

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.

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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;
  • governance;
  • 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:

  1. enable individual attendees to introduce key sustainability challenges in their respective disciplines;
  2. identify and prioritize research needs and align goals for health, nutrition, income, equity, and environmental sustainability through circular resource management and novel infrastructure; and
  3. 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)