PIRE Collaborative Research and Training in Social Context, Population Processes, and Environmental Change

Project Details

Investigators: William G. Axinn, PI, Jianguo Liu, Co-PI.

Description: This is a new interdisciplinary multi-site program designed to build the tools for cross-case study comparison in population-environment research and move the field toward models of broader regional land cover, vegetation, and habitat dynamics. Our plan emphasizes training the next generation of scientists to conduct the international collaborative research needed to address important issues of global environmental change. The program builds on two of the country’s leading programs of research on human-environment interaction in Asia, each more than a decade old—one at the Univ. of Michigan based in the social sciences and one at Michigan State Univ. based in the ecological sciences. Under the leadership of two former NSF Young Investigator/CAREER Award winners (Axinn: Sociology, Michigan, PI; and Liu: Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State, Co-PI), this program will draw together research and trainees from five major US universities (Univ. of Michigan, Michigan State Univ., Univ. of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Arizona State Univ. and San Diego State Univ.), and highly select junior scientists nationwide, to learn the concepts and methods needed to bridge key disciplines and foster intensive international collaborations. Scientists from multiple partner institutions in Nepal and China will provide expertise in South Asian and Chinese biodiversity, wildlife habitat, land use change, land cover change, remote sensing, agricultural practices, population changes, and social context. These investments at multiple sites will effectively promote outstanding international collaborative research and education because they build upon: 1) exceptional interdisciplinary training programs already operating at our five US universities; and 2) well-established, long-term programs of research on human-environment interactions in Nepal and China.

Sponsor: NSF. OISE 0729709. $2,492,303. 2007-2014.