Past Programs

Interdisciplinary Faculty Grants awarded in previous years have made significant research contributions to the UC Berkeley campus.  Previous grantees like Slum Health and Coupling Biodiversity have continued on to obtain significant extramural support.


Global Adolescent Health--A Trans-disciplinary Perspective

Global Adolescent Health—A Trans-disciplinary Perspective is led by Colette Auerswald (School of Public Health), Ndola Prata (School of Public Health), Jane Maulden (Goldman School of Public Policy), and Eric Stover (Berkeley School of Law & Human Rights Center). Although morbidity and mortality in childhood formerly exceeded that in adolescence, these have now reversed themselves, due to...+ Read more

Coupling Biodiversity Dynamics and Human Impacts in the Islands of Polynesia

Coupling Biodiversity: Dynamics and Human Impact in the Islands of Polynesia led by Rosemary Gillespie (ESPM) brought a new international focus to campus, using the natural laboratories provided by oceanic islands to examine how biodiversity has been modified by the colonization of humans and associated commensal species. In November 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $2 million...+ Read more

Global Health Diagnostics

Global Health Diagnostics is a collaborative effort between Daniel Fletcher (Bioengineering), Amy Herr (Bioengineering), Laurent Coscoy (Molecular & Cell Biology), and Talha Syed (UC Berkeley School of Law). The Global Health Diagnostics Initiative (GHDx) at UC Berkeley addresses the need for appropriate, low-cost diagnostic technologies to improve health in low- and middle-income countries...+ Read more

Behavioral Sensing: Integrating Sensors into Social & Behavioral Research

Behavioral Sensing: Integrating Sensors into Social and Behavioral Research is a collaboration among Edward Miguel (Economics), Eric Brewer (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences), and Tapan Parikh (School of Information). The Behavioral Sensing working group is charged with designing a more reliable data collection platform for development economics. The platform will combine rugged,...+ Read more

Slum Health

Slum Health organized by George Scharffenberger (College of Natural Resources) and Lee Riley (School of Public Health). Health status in the world’s burgeoning urban slums, home to over 1 billion people, is the product of myriad and complex factors—social, economic, and political—in addition to the obvious factors of poverty, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation, and over-crowding. The...+ Read more

The Black Room: Revisiting "Blackness" in the Global 21st Century

The Black Room: Revisiting “Blackness” in the Global 21 st Century organized by Nadia Ellis (English), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies), Darieck Scott (African American Studies), and Bryan Wagner (English), deals with “The Black Room,” an inclusive space that exists to foster critical reflection and exchange about foundational terms and concepts in African American and African Diaspora...+ Read more

Water, Sanitation, and Transport Provision in the Global South

Water, Sanitation, and Transport Provision in Global South led by Joan Walker (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Charisma Acey (City and Regional Planning), Daniel Chatman (City and Regional Planning), and Kara Nelson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) addresses the interrelationship between rapid urbanization, infrastructure construction and management, and urban livelihoods in the Global...+ Read more

Cultural Forms in Global Circulation

In a world that is transnationally connected through migration, markets, and media, our intellectual maps, cultural policies, and academic departmentalization still rely heavily on categories and labels of identification—defined not in terms of interdependence, but territorial fixation, national origin, and “authentic” heritage. Recent critiques suggest that our attempts to think beyond national...+ Read more

Religion's Impact on International Affairs

Religion’s Impact on International Affairs organized by Ramon Grosfoguel (Ethnic Studies), Hatem Bazian (Near Eastern Studies), and Ron Hassner (Political Science). In the last decade religion has increasingly been recognized as central in a range of political movements, struggles, and conflicts around the globe. Yet political and other social scientists have had difficulty accounting for...+ Read more

Behavioral Economics in Global Health Working Group

The Behavioral Economics in Global Health Working Group organized by Paul Gertler (Haas School of Business), William Dow (School of Public Health), Dana Carney (Psychology & Business), and Schachar Kariv (Economics), explores why individuals systematically make health decisions that are not in their best interest. The group brings together experts from behavioral economics, psychology, public...+ Read more