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 National Science Foundationwith 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. 

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



  1. Harvest time - See what you can glean from these updates!

    Fall 2021 Updates

    Oct 27, 2021

    In this update we highlight a few key topics.

    Measuring sustainability outcomes: We have made a YouTube video that describes our current thinking and approach. Check it out at: https://youtu.be/oSrY1tl0ijQ.  

    Farmer Survey Reprise: We're revisiting our 2019 Farmer Survey data and are interested in your analsyis ideas.  

    Summary of May RAC/PMAT meeting: we really appreciate the input and suggestions from those who were able to join us in May; see summary of key topics and how we are responding to your suggestions.

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

    Spring 2021 Updates

    Apr 19, 2021

    Pros and Cons of Downscaled Planetary Boundaries for Regional Sustainability

    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.

  3. 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.