In many pockets of the academic landscape discussions on sustainability have been taking place for the past forty years, and major gains have been made in further clarifying what it takes for a place to be sustainable. Our focus area incorporates research on the built environment, the physical environment and the socio-cultural history of a place because we recognize that a community will not be sustainable as long as these components are viewed discreetly. We are interested in partnering with community groups, local non-profits and regional organizations for participatory research projects in which we are able to align the skills of the university with the skills of members in these organizations for the betterment of local places.

Current Projects

Although grouped in this focus area, many of these projects overlap with other area. They are all projects which are currently being managed, directed, assisted with or initiated by the Place Studies Initiative staff, student interns and affiliated faculty, and they are in various stages of development.

  • Central Columbia School District Physical Infrastructure Assessment on Health Impacts Research Project
  • Non-Profit Census of Union, Snyder, Northumberland
  • Community Platform Collaboration with Regional United Way and a Regional Needs Assessment
  • ENST 411 - Senior Projects
  • Article Under Review at AJS: Relational v. Interoganizational Social Capital: Explaining the Intensity of Conflict in Two Small Towns. Written with: Carl Milofsky, Jordi Comas and Gwen Soult
  • Article under review at JESS: The Social Assets Inventory as Data Collection and Community Organizing. Written with: Carl Milofsky and Ben Marsh
  • Marcellus Comparative Community Impacts Study

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