Human Dimensions Lab

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Structural – Social – Behavioral – Integrative

Faculty and students at the Human Dimensions Lab study coastal and environmental issues such as water and food security, marine resource policy and governance, environmental quality, and the engineered environment through a social and cultural frame. Our overriding premise is that the best solutions are place-based and culturally appropriate and acceptable solutions.


Interdisciplinary Research

We use an interdisciplinary approach to study trans-disciplinary societal problems, blending quantitative and qualitative social science methods with approaches from ecology, environmental science, and paleoclimatology. Topics of ongoing research at the lab include coastal community vulnerability to climate change impacts, environmental contamination, local ecological knowledge, and food-water-energy interactions in rural Alaska economies.

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  • Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)
  • 437 Duckering
  • 1760 Tanana Loop
  • PO Box 75 5860
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5860, USA