2008-2009 Global Challenges Research Teams


Research proposed by Global Challenges Research Teams shows potential for providing great understanding towards transformational outcomes for real-world problems and provide strategies to sustain initiatives and research beyond the initial SoGES investment.

Institute for Livestock and the Environment (ILE)

The ILE solves problem at the interface of livestock production and science-based environmental management. The ILE brings together faculty from many disciplines across CSU to balance issues of economic growth in the livestock industry with environmental protection, which is a key component to achieving sustainable rural communities.

The Global Change Theory Working Group

The group’s objective is to develop a resource-based theory of global change that coherently links drivers with resources and ecological responses across multiple levels of organization.

Environmental Governance Working Group (EGWG)

The EGWG is a multi-disciplinary community seeking to advance research on environmental governance at Colorado State University. For the purposes of this multidisciplinary project, we define environmental governance as the formal and informal institutions/policies/rules/practices that shape how humans interact with the environment at all levels of social organization. This broad working definition recognizes the variation in disciplinary approaches and specific research foci. The study of environmental governance includes—but is not limited to—research on environmental policies and management practices, community conservation programs, common property resource regimes, collaborative decision-making processes, and markets for environmental goods and services. Environmental governance research may investigate particular arrangements and/or address broader questions of authority, accountability, legitimacy, participation, and fairness and equity.

The Sustainable Urban Water Management Research Working Group

Exciting new opportunities to apply sustainable concepts for water systems in urban areas are emerging. As our nation heads toward a massive water infrastructure crunch, substantial effort will be devoted to updating and managing old systems. This means that extensive changes in basic elements of our water systems are forthcoming, and this is an ideal time to apply advanced concepts with new and innovative infrastructure designs, rather than simply perpetuate existing approaches. Recognizing this forthcoming crunch, and the opportunity to implement sustainable development concepts into urban water management, we have developed the Sustainable Urban Water Management Research Working Group.

The Institute for Society, Landscape, and Ecosystem Change (ISLEC)

The ISLEC research working group allows faculty from across CSU to combine their expertise to address complex land-use problems such as deforestation, urbanization, the wildland/urban interface, desertification, and land degradation. Scientists use many tools including social and ecological computer modeling techniques and geographical information systems to better understand past and present land-use to predict future implications for both humans and ecosystems.

Crops for Health

This is a unique transdisciplinary research program the goal of which is to improve the disease prevention characteristics of food crops, thereby reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality. The focus of the program is on the major staple crops of the world’s population: dry beans, corn, potatoes, rice, and wheat. Specialty crops are also investigated. The Crops For Health program deals with problems at the interface of agriculture and human health, and one critical step to assist with developing sustainable solutions to these global problems will be the Crops for Health Research Working Groups.