Because people and places matter.

The Place Studies Program provides opportunities to understand, represent, and engage natural and human communities by:

  • Advancing understandings and applications of sustainability for rural communities
  • Exploring how to characterize and represent places in the digital age
  • Encouraging creative expressions and articulations of human-nature relationships

We do so through innovative teaching and research that is active, scholarly, and in collaboration with community partners in the humanities and social sciences. 

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Rural Health Initiative

By collaborating with local hospitals, health clinics, and universities, we undertake research about how the social and environmental context of a community impacts individual health. 

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Stories of the Susquehanna

Stories of the Susquehanna Valley began in 2010 as a unique research project focused on a watershed, utilizing multimedia scholarship, designed to articulate, highlight, and learn from stories that form our region, our communities, our ecosystems, and ourselves.

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Sustainable Values

Values drive decisions. Understanding how they do so, and how they operate in social contexts, are key questions we are investigating.

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