IGERT: Coasts and Communities
In Fall of 2013, UMass Boston was awarded a 3.1 million dollar IGERT grant (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) for its proposed program “Coasts and Communities.” The program takes two students a year from four different UMass PhD programs (Global Governance and Human Security, Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, and Environmental Business) in order to cross-train them in the other disciplines. The goal is for the students and the professors involved to develop a truly interdisciplinary perspective to effectively deal with the complex challenges of the 21st century.
Our IGERT focuses on the ways in which human systems interact with coastal environment systems, and vice-versa. Addis Ababa University and the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network are UMass Boston’s primary international collaborators, and students will focus much of their research efforts on dealing with issues that effect the coasts of Massachusetts and East Africa.
The Center for Governance and Sustainability will be closely involved with IGERT activities over the next five years. Center Director and Assistant Professor Maria Ivanova is co-PI of the project, along with Dean Robyn Hannigan of the School for the Environment. Research Associate Michael Denney has already been accepted as an IGERT Fellow for the inaugural class, and his work will involve the Center’s activities related to land governance and food security.
International partnerships are part of what will make our IGERT successful. Our collaborators include Addis Ababa University, the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network, Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa, Pwani University College, the University of Nairobi, and more. To learn more about the IGERT visit their website.