Indiana University Professor Elinor Ostrom has received a grant to further the work for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009. Ostrom is partnering with the Swedish Research Council Formas to study social-ecological systems in India, Nepal, Uganda and other countries. Ostrom said she hopes her work will help to improve communication between social scientists and physical scientists.
“We have been working for a long time on trying to get a better cross-disciplinary language for thinking about environmental questions,” Ostrom said. “Our problems here are quite different than a forested area in Nepal, in the upper hills, where the roads have not been constructed very well and many people are having trouble getting even a basic education, so we have to be thinking about what are the factors that affect peoples lives in a complex way rather than just they’re all the same.”
Ostrom’s $270,000 grant is only part of a larger $2.5 million award given to the projects leaders at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.