Our goal is to partner with local organizations to provide research support that aids the organization.
It is our observation that many questions, both within organizations and within the communities they serve, can best be understood with social scientific research, and we would like to connect both our skills and resources to your group.
If you are interested in discussing how the faculty and students connected to the Place Studies Initiative can partner with you for research, please be in contact. For these projects we have found that having a conversation very early on in which we explicitly outline the responsibilities, remunerations and timeline of the project make them much more likely to both be successful and low in stress.
The rich traditions of the humanities have been thinking about and depicting the human-nature relationship in explicit and implicit ways, always.
By making these connections explicit, by allowing questions of environmental ethics to enter into our classroom conversations and our research and by supporting the use of the arts to facilitate community conversations about resource usage, we believe that the environmental humanities significantly contribute to helping us understand how to effectively live on the earth.
Our research ethos is one which uncovers the hidden, be it historically, ethnically or technologically, and places it in front of the campus community through books, presentations and performances.
Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary
Collaboration is difficult.
The staff of PSI has had experience collaborating with fellow academics, community members and students at multiple universities and on multiple projects. It sounds simple, and a bit trite even, but effective collaboration requires individuals to mutually respect each other as professionals and for members of the research team to see the value of the project beyond enlightened self-interest.
To that end, I am interested in providing support for and partnership in research projects across all of the focus areas mentioned on this website. If you look at our Opportunities to Get Involved and Events & News pages, you will be able to more clearly see the types of projects we have helped with in the past, but we encourage you to be in no way beholden to these models or ideas.
We are actively trying to create a space on the Bucknell campus where faculty and students can be supported in doing creative and collaborative projects that connect students to the strengths and weaknesses inherent in a place.