The Political Economy of Water in the Southwest: An Exploration of Water Allocation and Stakeholder Participation (Spring 2014) -- This project will explore the social, legal, economic, political, and environmental dynamics associated with past, current, and future water allocations and use in the urban-agricultural interface in Arizona and in the transboundary waterways and aquifers shared by Sonora and Arizona. The role of stakeholder engagement and community involvement within the water management processes governing this region will be assessed, and policy changes regarding allocation and engagement will be recommended. Project Partnerships:  ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) and ASU School of Social Transformation (SST). 

Making an Actionable Relationship between Empathy and Expertise (Spring 2014) -- Collaborators will facilitate a workshop with sustainable food advocates on how to empathize with the public in order to inspire sustainable food choices. Project partnerships: ASU School of Sustainability (SOS), Ithaca College Department of Environmental Science.

Maushaus Sustainability Showcase (Spring 2014) -- Maushaus is a traveling "tiny house" designed to showcase sustainability concepts ranging from energy efficiency and solar power to efficient water use and simpler lifestyles. Through guided tours and diverse lesson plans, Maushaus will provide teachers, students, and the general public opportunities for hands-on exploration of sustainable design and be a springboard for research and conversation for the many people that will enter its doors. GISER funds are extending Maushaus from a demonstration model to a fully-operable tiny house. Project partnerships: ASU GK-12 Program, ASU Ecology Explorers Program, ASU School of Sustainability (SOS), ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP), ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE). 

Water Management in Angkor, Cambodia (Spring 2014) -- This project will investigate historic (9th- to 15th-century) intensive, large-scale, religiously-mediated water management on the landscape of Angkor, Cambodia, with an aim to improve understanding of the role of religion in human-environmental relationships and the consequences of intensive water management for social inequality and ultimately sustainability. This interdisciplinary research incorporates the work of engineers, natural scientists, and anthropologists. GISER’s funding is supporting a graduate student’s preliminary visit to Cambodia to begin mapping and GIS modeling of the water management system. Project partnerships: ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), The Greater Angkor Archaeological Project (GAP), the Khmer Archaeology LiDAR Consortium.

On top of the tiered pyramid at Koh Ker in northern Cambodia (Photo: Sarah Klassen, 2014)

On top of the tiered pyramid at Koh Ker in northern Cambodia (Photo: Sarah Klassen, 2014)

The Jaguar, the Wolf, the Rancher and the Wall: Human-Predator Place in the U.S.–MX Borderlands (Fall 2013) -- Large predator conservation, such as Jaguar and Mexican wolf conservation in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, is often highly controversial. This project takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how local knowledge, beliefs, values and material practices influence negotiation of shared predator-human space in the contested borderlands. GISER seed funds are supporting the principal graduate researcher's preliminary field visit, where she plans to engage with ranchers, conservationists and government agency representatives and work to synthesize and share knowledge across participant groups. Project partnerships: ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), Sky Island Alliance, Southwest Wildlife.

The Chinese of Mexicali-Calexico: Post-Border Persistence in a Post-Border Metropolis (Spring 2013)

Consumption of Raw Milk: Health Ideology and Risk Perception (Spring 2013)  

Suicide and Mental Health in Rural Nepal (Spring 2013) -- In collaboration with a local community-based NGO, TPO-Nepal, along with Nepal's ministry of health, police, professionals, and students working in social work, demography, psychiatry, anthropology, and medicine, this team is investigating the burden of suicide within the country, speculated to be the leading cause of death amongst women of reproductive age. The project is piloting a community-based surveillance system, developing community screening tools to identify those at high risk, and working to develop anti-stigma workshops to deliver within the community and government agencies. Project partnerships: ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), ASU Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, TPO-Nepal, and others.