Water, Health, and Food Security 

This cluster represents the intersection of two key research areas focused on health and food security, which are associated with water. An essential aspect of this cluster is to frame questions around sustainability, attuned to the fact that what scholars think the community needs and may be different from what they want, which leads to ultimately unsuccessful interventions. Therefore, there is a clear need to inform the development of technologies and programs taking into consideration social and economic factors. The cluster will rely on lessons learned from an ongoing UConn National Science Foundation-funded PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) project in Ethiopia; researchers from different disciplines have successfully collaborated to build a project that aims to understand how the relationships between scientists, farmers, water managers, and other authorities influence the production, dissemination, and outcome of new scientific knowledge.