After many years of increased globalization, social and political trends are now reversing course. What impacts will deglobalization have on our region's resources and sustainability? What unique characteristics of a region influence these outcomes?

To explore questions like these, our team is creating an integrated Dynamic Regional Food, Energy, Water Systems modeling framework to project and compare the regional effects of changing international relationships. Our modeling framework incorporates key human (economic, behavioral, social) and environmental (physical, natural) linkages across local, regional, and global scales. Working with government and industry advisors we will develop a realistic model to aid decision makers in creating robust policies in the face of uncertainty and change. 

National Science Foundation

Funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, INFEWS/TI NSF Project #1739909 Funding Period: October 2017 – August 2021.



  1. Monitoring Sustainability and Targeting Interventions: Indicators, Planetary Boundaries, Benefits and Costs

    New Paper Looks at Pros and Cons or Downscaled Planetary Boundaries for Regional Sustainability

    Apr 19, 2021

    A new paper by team member Alan Randall was recently selected as the feature paper for Sustainability journal’s next issue. “Monitoring Sustainability and Targeting Interventions: Indicators, Planetary Boundaries, Benefits and Costs” examines the utility and dangers of using downscaled planetary boundaries for regional sustainability goals.

  2. Ohio State's favorite tree in bloom.

    "May" We Share Some Preliminary Results

    Apr 1, 2021

    Regional Advisory Committee Meeting scheduled for early May

    Thanks to all who have penciled in our RAC meeting dates in early May. We look forward to finding ways to have good discussion in the online format. Watch for topic schedules, log-in information, updates, and more information in April. 

  3. Where are we going with US and Global Trade?

    Dec 31, 2020

    On January 5 from 3-4 p.m., DRFEWS team member Dr. Ian Sheldon will present a trade outlook that will look at the effect of the pandemic on global trade overall and specifically on global and U.S. agricultural trade. The presentation will cater to producers, agribusinesses, elected officials and non-ag citizens. Register at https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zKzxJ9U6TX6pnSBOGfw5ZA