Land, Food, Water & Waste

Humans require land, food, and water to survive. Human activities also produce waste that impacts these elements upon which we all depend. However, many sustainability challenges and trade-offs exist with regard to resource use and waste generation – who reaps the benefits and who carries the burden? How can we manage our resources more sustainably? How can we ensure access for future generations to an environment that is able to provide healthy food and water?

To answer these questions, IRES Researchers work to further key understandings of topics such as cropping practices, diets, land management and land use change, water quality and quantity, or waste issues, as well as the linkages between them. IRES’ work in these areas includes policy and governance concerns, examining how rules and institutions can affect our ability to effectively and equitably manage resources and waste.

Core faculty:

David Boyd, Navin Ramankutty, Leila Harris, Gunilla Öberg, Milind Kandlikar, Claire Kremen, Mark Johnson, Terre Satterfield, Hannah Wittman

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