Center for Human-Environmental Research (CHER): An Introduction
The history and identity of the human species is the product of our interactions with our environment; economically, socially, artistically, and even spiritually. Today, many aspects of our lives are fundamentally tied, and threatened by, changing environments and impacts of human activities on earth. Based in Southeast Louisiana, CHER is interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to studying the immense diversity of human responses to the environments in which they have lived. With Research Associates spanning the fields of anthropology, archaeology, sociology, biology, economics, philosophy, political science, public policy, green development, and fine arts, our organization is aimed at giving scholars a supportive space in which to develop innovative approaches for addressing social problems stemming from our planet's changing environment. CHER is particularly focused on issues of coastal land loss in Southeast Louisiana, with research and outreach activities focused on community resilience, ecological sustainability, environmental justice, and the documentation of threatened cultural heritage.
What Makes CHER Different?