The Program for Society and the Environment creates a home at the University of Maryland for research on the study of society-environment. The Center is grounded in Maryland’s and BSOS’s strategic plan priorities to “be a force in fostering greater understanding of human relations and the natural environment.” This Center will create a hub for social scientists and students who study all aspects of the society-environment relationship.Activities:
The Program for Society and the Environment will coordinate research and education by:
- hosting a bi-monthly workshop for social science faculty and graduate students working on environmental issues;
- housing work and meeting space for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars in a central location in the Art/ Sociology building;
- creating a departmental base for interdisciplinary co-operation with environmental research across the college and campus; and
- maintaining a website that features research on society-environment interactions produced by scholars affiliated with the Center. This site will also connect these scholars to events at the University and throughout the Washington DC area.
- sponsoring a conference at least every two years on society – environment interactions with new themes for each meeting;
- supplying institutional support for submitting and administering externally funded grants;