I am excited to announce that I’m part of a new NSF Sustainable Regional Systems Research Network award! This $15 million award includes the participation of eight academic institutions and dozens of community partners. The Transformation Network is led by Mark Stone at the University of New Mexico, and I’m thrilled to be leading the CSU sub-award with the help of a strong interdisciplinary group including Aditi Bhaskar, Kelly Jones, Camille Stevens-Rumann, and Dale Manning.
The Transformation Network uses a convergent research approach to explore how a guided transformation framework can be employed to build synergistic system connectivity across urban-rural gradients to promote sustainable cities, landscapes, and livelihoods across the Intermountain West (IMW). The Network’s diverse academic disciplines and non-academic partnerships will embrace and integrate western and Indigenous cultural knowledge and use a system-of-systems research approach to advance the theory and applied knowledge of the dynamics, resilience, and transformational opportunities of urban-rural systems. In so doing, the Network will increase traditional and western knowledge of regional sustainability with cultural open-mindedness and scientific granularity, while identifying and addressing real-world ecosystem issues and community challenges. Through broad cross-disciplinary integration, the Network targets creation of impact through fundamental and use-inspired science projects, advancing sustainability science through regional-scale implementation of projects in the IMW. The Network intends to advance GT theories for collaboratively and equitably transforming URS structures and processes towards sustainability.
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