A new research grant from the National Science Foundation for “Analyses of Relationships Between Changing Environmental Conditions and Societal Conflict” was awarded to John O’Loughlin. Funding from September 2013-2017 of $999,994. This interdisciplinary research project will focus on widespread claims that environmental change will lead to more conflict by providing scientific evidence about environmental effects related to violence across Africa south of the Sahara. This project will advance basic understanding of complex social and environmental system interactions, and it will contribute to consideration of policies, programs, and other measures designed to address problems like poverty, social tensions, and environmental degradation. This project is supported through the NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (IBSS) competition.
It will support 2 former CU geography PhD graduates, Frank Witmer and Andrew Linke, as post-doctoral associates. Terry McCabe (Anthropology) and Jaroslav Tir (Political Science) are Co-PIs.