Research at the Institute for Environmental Science & Policy — University of Illinois at Chicago
Thomas L. TheisUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
David H. Wise
Associate Director, IESPUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Argonne National Laboratory
TCS Building 240
The Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago was created in 1999 to catalyze interdisciplinary research addressing the increasingly complex environmental problems of the 21st century. IESP envisions an academy in which the constraints and limitations imposed by disciplinary perspectives are eased, while their strengths are enriched and interdisciplinary communities of scholars can form and grow. We believe that exciting thinking often lies at the borders of academic disciplines, and neither research nor pedagogy should be constrained by these boundaries.
In this presentation, we will briefly review the structure and basis of the institute and illustrate its function through two large ongoing research initiatives: (1) Sustainability and Nano-enabled Products in Society and (2) ULTRA-Ex — Connecting the Social and Ecological Sciences with Planners, Managers, and the Public: Building a Broad Foundation for the Chicago Region.