M-CUBED: Innovatively Planning for Technological Innovation: Water, Infrastructure, and Sustainability
This project seeks to understand the broad, complex and potentially unanticipated impacts on humans and the environment that could emerge from the deployment of emerging innovative technologies currently being designed to address the compelling water, wastewater, stormwater, and related sustainability problems of today. We will consider impacts of these emerging technologies across a range of spatial scales and planning jurisdictions, using complex systems scenario modeling, focus groups, surveys, and interviews. The research team will use the M-Cubed funds to support a sustainable water infrastructure and planning PhD cohort, composed of students from the College of Engineering, the School of Natural Resources, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and mentored by the three M-Cubed faculty investigators. The project will also hold Idea Lab Sessions, composed of faculty, students, and interested collaborators. Expected deliverables will include a collaborative journal article and research proposals to the National Science Foundation.