Environment and Biodiversity Policy
The STE Lab conducts ongoing environmental policy research in several key areas including the global trade and exchange of genetic resources, adoption and use of alternative fuel vehicles and voluntary environmental behavior of public and private organizations. Although funding sources vary, the most recent project on genetic resources is funded by the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the US Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health. Lab personnel involved in current projects include Drs. Aseffa Wedajoo and Eric Welch.
This research aims to develop a policy-relevant understanding of genetic resources access, use and benefit sharing practices of the US food and agriculture user community, with an emphasis on examining the importance of foreign sources of genetic resources to US stakeholders.
This study will map the policy network structures and understand decision making processes in eight countries that have ratified the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). It will identify key policy actors, determine how they are positioned and connected with each other, how they interact, and ascertain what their perspectives are towards ITPGRFA.
This study examines the movement and use of genetic resources between the GGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Centres, CGIAR partners and other end users.
In 2012, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago established a pathway for identifying and funding new research initiatives within three broadly defined research areas: Biomedical and Health Science Discovery, Community Disparities, and Urban Resilience and the Global Environment.