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Research

Research

Research

The Swette Center supports transdisciplinary research that is solutions- and impact-oriented. It is a hub for faculty members engaged in food systems research, as well as a source of research opportunities for students passionate about working on food system transformation. In the last 16 years alone, ASU has conducted more than 300 projects in agriculture and food systems research, extension, and outreach across the globe supported by more than $100 million in competitive awards.

ASU Food Research Across the Globe

Sustainability Research Map

The spectrum of research is extensive, ranging from the global to the very local, and inclusive of topics from food security to the food-energy-water nexus, indigenous knowledge, agtech innovation, soil health, food justice, gut health, ecosystem services, consumer behavior, true cost accounting, and more – this map is only a snapshot.

The Incubator

The Swette Center awards small grants, on a competitive basis, to spark new faculty research and collaborations. On an annual basis, the Swette Center issues a request for proposals for which all Swette Center faculty are eligible to compete. In addition to financial support, awardees receive Swette Center administrative support and guidance from the Center’s leadership team. The 2018 Request for Proposals will be issued in December.

Decision Theater Network

Food systems are enormously complex, which can sometimes bog down decisionmakers. The ASU Decision Theater Network (DT) is available to assist the Swette Center and its many partners better understand food systems by facilitating what-if scenario analysis. DT provides strategies and visualizations to support multi-site collaboration by people with varying backgrounds and expertise. Some DT users will visit facilities in Tempe, Washington, Mexico, China, and South Africa – theaters that surround participants with large-format ultra-high-definition displays supported by on-site computer systems, computational tools, GIS, 3D spatial modeling, and other methods that aggregate and display sophisticated data. Other users will engage in DT offsite via screen sharing and video conferencing through desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones. Regardless of location, DT participants use graphical dashboards to adjust inputs and outputs and, by doing so, illuminate outcomes of potential decisions in a multi-screen theater environment.