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Northeastern Invests In Resilience Research

Through a competitive review process, the Global Resilience Institute has awarded seed-funding to teams of Northeastern faculty, for resilience-related research collaborations. This funding supports innovative, collaborative cross-college research proposals.

Women and resilience in moments of social crisis: A feminist perspective

Women and resilience in moments of social crisis: A feminist perspective

This project explores networks of women strengthening community resilience as they respond to a diversity of different kinds of social crises. Through an interdisciplinary cross-scalar collaboration, the research team will focus on understanding the how women’s networks respond to disruptions. This pilot project will focus on the following 5 case studies: Mothers Out Front – An advocacy organization founded in 2013 to promote clean energy and advocate for local, state, and federal policies to address climate change. Moms Demand Action - A group founded in 2012, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, to reduce gun violence and advocate for stricter gun control laws. Mothers Against Drunk Driving – An organization, founded in 1980 by a mother whose teenaged daughter was killed by a drunk driver, that has been extraordinarily successful in its mission to implement federal and state policies to eliminate drunk driving. Mothers of the Movement – A group of women whose African-American children have been killed by police or extrajudicial gun violence. Several members, including the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Sandra Bland have made appearances at key political and cultural events to speak out about violence against Black Americans. Women’s Movement – A grass-roots response to the election of and inauguration of Donald Trump, dedicated to advancing intersectional women’s political issues.

Northeastern Collaborative on Resilient Energy (N-CORE)

Northeastern Collaborative on Resilient Energy (N-CORE)

The goal of the Northeastern Collaborative on Resilient Energy (N-CORE) is to facilitate new collaborative energy-related research across campus and catalyze the impact of university innovations. Despite a strong track-record of extensive research capacity in energy system resilience at Northeastern, mechanisms to connect, communicate, and coordinate energy related research and education among different departments and schools, and outside institutions, have been minimal. Establishing N-CORE will provide a campus-wide structure to facilitate collaborations and strengthen productive and impactful relationships among energy resilience researchers. This initial initiative involves co-PIs from five colleges, but the structure is inclusive and open with a goal of expanding the network of energy researchers so we expect the group to grow over time. Given the diversity of energy research expertise at Northeastern, seed funding is requested to support a series of events, meetings, and activities to catalyze a sustainable community of researchers to share ideas that will lead to the development of large, new collaborations and novel transdisciplinary research proposals. N-CORE will also actively explore the potential for establishing an externally funded Northeastern Energy Institute. N-CORE will also work to support interdisciplinary educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that focus on energy.

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