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.


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

Berkeley Workshop in Environmental Politics

Berkeley Workshop in Environmental Politics led by Nathan Sayre (Geography) and Nancy Peluso (College of Natural Resources) fosters interdisciplinary and intercampus dialogue on questions of nature, culture, and power, promoting scholarship that was at once conceptually rigorous and empirically grounded, and encourages innovative uses of critical theory to address environmental problems.+ 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

Diplomacy & Culture

Diplomacy is a political practice that is also a cultural practice. From its modern origins in fifteenth-century Italy diplomatic networks have been centrally linked to the transmission of culture. At the level of diplomatic theory, writers as diverse as Machiavelli and Kissinger offer reflections on the nature of negotiation and representation that include reflections on the nature of fiction-...+ Read more

Towards a Global Past: History in an Age of Globalization

Towards a Global Past: History in the Age of Globalization led by Daniel Sargent (History) and Brian Delay (History). Globalization may be the wave of the future, but what are its consequences for the past? By organizing a speaker series that brings historians of international and global themes into dialogue with scholars in other disciplines, this colloquium examines how globalization alters our...+ Read more

Water Management: Past and Future Adaptation

Water Management led by Mathias Kondolf (Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning), Benjamin Porter (Near Eastern Studies), and other faculty colleagues, focuses on interdisciplinary implications for improving water security in California and other Mediterranean climate regions. Through inclusion in the faculty group of John Andrew, Assistant Deputy Director of the California...+ Read more

Time Zones: Hybrid Art in a Global Context

The phrase “time-based art” is used in visual art contexts to track the movement from so-called “static” art into durational forms. For some in the performing arts, however, duration is already a traditional element of the form. Even as we celebrate this interdisciplinary field, many still view it (and review it) from the perspective of particular disciplines. While the history of 20th and 21st...+ Read more

Mapping the Human Right to Water

Charlotte Smith (School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences), Charisma Acey (Department of City and Regional Planning), Isha Ray (College of Natural Resources, Energy and Resources Group), and Helene Silverberg (Political Science), are exploring access to water and sanitation as a human right. This right means that everyone, without discrimination, should have access to adequate...+ Read more