Six interdisciplinary research projects that blend place-based scientific inquiry with international expertise have been awarded incubator grants by the International Divisionand the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
These projects focus on Africa, South Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, in fields as diverse as public health, child development, civil engineering, climate science, archaeology, genetics, virology, and environmental studies.
Offered this year for the first time, the grants are aimed at bringing together faculty in STEM fields who are conducting place-based research abroad with experts from regional and area studies centers within IRIS.
Poles apart? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying Climate Vulnerability in the Himalayas (Stephen Young, Geography; Tristan L’Ecuyer, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Anne Sophie Daloz, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)
The main objective of this project is to examine the impact of climate change on the behavior of farmers in the Himalayas, while also attempting to understand the impact that migrant youth from the region have on household vulnerability. According to many reports, climate change will induce major transformations in the landscape over the next few decades. These biophysical changes will clearly interact with socio-economic processes that include changing rural livelihoods and land use strategies.
Read more on the International Division’s website.