Initial funding for this project comes from a Problem-Focused Interdisciplinary Research-Scholarship Teams, or PFIRST, grant. Five were awarded in 2011 to faculty research groups from the Provost’s Office. PFIRST grants provides one year of competitive seed funding to organize collaborations around areas of societal import. The team was awarded a second year of PFIRST funding in 2012.
In 2012, the United States Agency for International Development funded a project entitled “Responses to Uncertainty about Climate and Water Availability: Evidence from Ethiopia” to study the relationship between climate change, resilience, and conflict. We will conduct a two-year study in the Ethiopian Rift Valley that examines the mechanisms by which households process information about risk and uncertainty regarding water availability, and how these translate into adaptive capacity.