June 21, 2012 — Northeastern University has awarded three members of the School of Law faculty with grants to support a range of interdisciplinary research on the environment. The goal is developing research that responds to a national or societal need.

“Interdisciplinary research is increasingly a priority for the law school,” said Dean Emily Spieler. “We have always engaged with the world outside the academy and we are now reaching out to a wide variety of faculty in other fields to create lasting partnerships that yield positive results for society.”

Grants

Exploring an Innovative “City-Metabolism” Approach for Evaluating Urban Water Sustainability
Law professors Lee Breckenridge and Martha Davis will work with colleagues in the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to

Regulatory Policy for Adaptation and Mitigation of Extreme Weather Extremes in the Climate Change Context
Law professor Sonia Elise Rolland and Professor Auroop Ganguly, a member of the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will focus on translating uncertainties in climate change modeling from the scientific context to the realm of policy-making. This collaboration at the intersection of law and science will seek to develop realistic regulatory frameworks in response to increased extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves.