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The Culture, Health and Environment Laboratory (CHEL) conducts field-based studies around the globe to determine how cultural knowledge helps people recognize and respond to complex health and environmental challenges.
Our projects currently focus on two massive and growing problems that affect millions: obesity and water insecurity. We are especially interested in how poverty and other forms of social inequality complicate effective solutions.based studies around the globe to determine how cultural knowledge helps people recognize and respond to complex health and environmental challenges.
A multi-year transdisciplinary project using data collected with local communities around the globe. The goal is to test how local knowledge both supports and inhibits coping with the everyday challenges of climate changes, such as getting enough safe water. We are especially interested in the health and psychological impacts of that struggle, such as a trigger for depression.
Using comparative studies from communities throughout the globe, we are looking at why stigma around obesity is so profound even as obesity rates continue to rise, how that stigma perpetuates obesity, who is most damaged by it and, ultimately, how to fix it.
The focus of the Global Impact Collaboratory is to figure out how we know when development projects are actually “working” from the perspectives of the people on the ground they are meant to be helping.
A collaborative citizen science and research project involving professionals, community members, college students and children, providing insights into how Arizona youth view the vital resource of water as they share perceptions of climate change and water insecurity through art.
A longitudinal ethnographic and survey study of how people’s changing social and emotional lives interact with their weight loss trajectories in the years following bariatric surgery, since 2013 (with Mayo Clinic).
To join our lab as an undergraduate, please apply to the School of Human Evolution and Social Change Research Apprenticeship Program.
Location: Room 265, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
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