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  • Research Team

    Co-Chairs : Luis Rodriguez(ABE), and Anna-Maria Marshall(Sociology)
    Initial participants : Craig Gunderson(ACE), Daniel Work and Bill , Barbara Minsker and Bill Buttlar(CEE), Sam Wortman(Crop Sciences), Jong Lee(NCSA), Shaowen Wang(Geography), Brian Anderson(INHS), Jim Miller(NRES), Gary Miller(PRI), and Bev Wilson and Bumsoo Lee(URP), and Kevin Lansey(CEEM, ASU)

  • Grand Challenges

    Addressing chronic problems that bridge urban and rural areas, such as pollution (e.g., hypoxia in regions downstream of urban areas) , and water resource conflicts, while providing sufficient, safe, and traffic congestion problemsand affordable food and agricultural products to society.

  • Research Questions

    (1) How can the costs of goods and services provided in urban centers reflect the full environmental and social costs of production and delivery?
    What would be the impacts of such an approach on urban and rural communities?
    What are the trade-offs between urban pollutant sources (e.g., traffic and wastewater treatment emissions, urban runoff) versus rural sources (e.g., agricultural runoff), and how would they be affected by a life cycle costing approach?urban food supply chain be made more efficient, from economic, social, and environmental dimensions? How can urban consumers help defray the social and environmental costs of production in agricultural areas?

    (2) How can networks of urban green spaces (e.g., urban agricultural systems, rain gardens, bioswales, wetlands, and retention ponds) be redesigned to address regional water problems such as flooding, hypoxia, drought, and eutrophication?

    (3) What forms of governance are best suited to resolve competing claims and conflicts about regional water resources?  What are the impact of policies on these conflicts?

    (4) What is the relationship between these ongoing conflicts over water resources and structural inequalities, particularly related to race and class? (5) How do community histories and cultural traditions inform policy-makers and residents in their efforts to find solutions to the above problems?