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Forging comprehensive links among the ethical, social, cultural, and communicative demands of the contemporary world. Researching strategic social, economic, and cultural questions that enable society to anticipate and respond to change and unexpected challenges.

Numerous emergency incidents in U.S. food supply occur each year. Incidents include invasive pests and diseases impacting agriculture crops and foodborne pathogens contaminating meat and poultry. An effective response is not just dependent on the technology that is being used, but also policy and... READ MORE
Gentrification is a process that transforms declining urban neighborhoods into stable, desirable communities. Mid-size cities are experiencing gentrification as they look to revitalize the urban realm and there is concern of indirect displacement pressures through this process on existing lower-income residents. This research is... READ MORE
Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) programs which are considered as incentivized mechanisms has been implemented in Latin America as a strategy to reduce deforestation by rewarding landowners (sellers) to protect forests and to provide ecosystem services to ecosystem users/beneficiaries (buyers). Two common management structures for... READ MORE