Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Research Themes

Natural Systems

How can we understand the functioning and response of Earth's natural systems in the face of rapid and pervasive global change?

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Food & Water

How can we optimize - effectively, efficiently and equitably - food production and water distribution for current and future generations?

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Human Health & Well-Being

How can we understand and support human health and well-being in the face of combined environmental and social vulnerabilities?

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Equity & Governance

What governance and economic structures facilitate solutions to environmental challenges in a just and equitable manner, in ways that support our most vulnerable people?

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We investigate the connections between climate and society, seeking to understand the dynamics of change in natural and human systems.
We study how the Earth's surface is changing in response to natural and human-driven forces, and the connection between those forces.
We aim to predict future conservation concerns and explore current conservation challenges via both the natural and social sciences.
We seek to understand how exposure to our chemical and physical environments affects human health.
We examine how individuals perceive and respond to environmental conditions, and how their responses are linked across space and time.
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