Vidya Venkataramanan, a postdoctoral fellow, and Prof. Sera Young recently received a grant from the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund from the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) at Northwestern University. The proposal was entitled, “Understanding and Quantifying Experiences of Water Insecurity Locally and Globally.” This award will enable Vidya to mentor 6-8 undergraduate and graduate students from January 2018 to June 2020 on two water insecurity projects.
For the “global,” Vidya and other members of the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) team will train and work with a team of 3-4 students to clean quantitative data and to qualitatively analyze open-ended questions from surveys. For the “local,” Vidya will train and work with another team of 3-4 students to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on people’s experiences with chronic urban flooding in the community of Chatham, in Chicago’s South Side. This team will evaluate a flood mitigation and green infrastructure intervention called RainReady Chatham, implemented by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a local non-profit organization.