2009-2010 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.

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.

Global Soil Sustainability Working Group (GSSWG) (non-funded GCRT)

Rebuilding and retaining soil resources is essential for feeding billions of people and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Global Soil Sustainability Working Group, recently launched by CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, aims to transform the information topology of soil science and enable scientists to more effectively test theories and advance knowledge. Understanding soil dynamics is fundamental to dealing with environmental issues such as climate change, food and energy production, clean drinking water, management of reactive nitrogen, and conservation of biodiversity. The mission of the Soil Sustainability Working Group is to leverage the diverse strengths of Colorado State University scientists by coordinating research activities and providing a platform that integrates soil data from disparate sources to facilitate more productive interaction between soil scientists and decision-makers.

Educating for Sustainability, Peace and Reconciliation: Managing the conflicts of Human Needs and Place with Finite Resources

Having already developed a shared understanding of how their work in different disciplines combines in their role as Advisory Board members for Colorado State's Interdisciplinary Program in Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Bill Timpson, Louise Jennings, Nathalie Kees and Edward Brantmeier will join with Leah Sprain (Communication Studies) and Josh Goldstein (Human Dimensions of Natural Resources) to focus on Educating for Sustainability, Peace and Reconciliation: Managing the Conflicts of Human Needs and Place with Finite Resources. As a Research Working Group for the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, they will write and field test a number of case studies for use in classes across campus and with the general public about the threat of conflict and violence around natural resources issues and what constructive alternatives exist that support improved communication, deeper learning, critical and creative analyses, and cooperative possibilities.

LENSES: Regenerative Urban Environments

Regenerative Urban Environments Research Working Group will focus on creating a guiding framework for use by communities, organizations and project teams who want to develop Living Environments, and has members spanning 9 different departments across the University. A Living Environment is a new concept and paradigm shift - the notion that built environments, neighborhoods, communities, buildings, and even manufactured objects can have a positive, symbiotic impact on the natural environment.