The Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) is pleased to solicit applications from faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences for its Scholar-in-Residence Program. This opportunity, supported by the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts & Sciences, will be provided during either the fall semester 2019 or spring semester 2020 based on the candidate’s preference. Xiaodong Chen from the Department of Geography was the Fall 2018 Scholar-in-Residence. As a result, faculty members from Geography are ineligible for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 program.
DEADLINE: Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
Video: Elizabeth Olson talks about her experience as the 2016-17 CURS Scholar-in-Residence.
The CURS Scholar-in-Residence Program is designed to encourage faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences to develop and submit research proposals to external funding sources. This competitive program provides a course buy-out and funds for proposal development expenses so that faculty members in the social and behavioral sciences can develop large, ideally interdisciplinary, research proposals. In addition, the CURS Scholar-in-Residence will have full administrative support from the Center’s financial and clerical support staff. The Center is able to offer the Scholar-in-Residence program through support from the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences. Twenty-one CURS Scholars-in-Residence have generated more than $2.2 million in grant funds through this program.
Xiaodong Chen, associate professor of geography, was the Fall 2018 CURS Scholar-in-Residence. Chen’s research focuses on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS), and includes topics such as how human activities affect the natural environment, how human livelihood may be changed due to changes in environmental conditions, what are complex interactions among components in human and natural systems and how human-environment interactions are influenced by policies. Chen’s current research looks at the effects of conservation and development policies at the nexus of Food, Energy and Water systems (FEW) around the world. As CURS Scholar-in-Residence, Chen studied the Heihe River Basin of northwest China. The Heihe River Basin provides more than 300 million cubic meters of fresh water to Xi’an city annually, accounting for more than 70% of the fresh water demand of a total of over eight million people in the city.