Wolf, Steven : Seed Grant, 2013-2014


Steven Wolf (Natural Resources)Neema Kudva (City & Regional Planning)Rebecca Stoltzfus (Nutritional Science)Andrew Willford (Anthropology)

Natural Resources
Project Title: 
Pursuing sustainability through community-engaged research in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
Project Abstract: 
This project centers on community-engaged research in The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of Southern India related to sustainability defined in terms of land use and health. Its objectives are 1) to produce academically informed, locally relevant research on these cross-cutting themes of global significance, 2) to create a semester-long study abroad program that will provide field-based education to Cornell students’ interested in environmental conservation, sociocultural dynamics and public health – and their intersections, and 3) to develop and critically evaluate organizational and pedagogic strategies for this rapidly emerging mode of publicly engaged scholarship and transformative education. The project will contribute to strategic efforts at Cornell around the themes of sustainability, community-engaged research and the internationalization of undergraduates’ experience. The proposed research will advance an ongoing effort to construct the Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC); an innovative and ambitious research and education collaboration between Cornell faculty and Keystone Foundation.