FEWSUS stands for “International Research Coordination Network for Creating Transdisciplinary Nodes of Food-Energy-Water to Support Sustainable Urban Systems”
FEWSUS is funded by the US National Science Foundation. The grant, awarded to faculty and scientists at the University of Tennessee (UT) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), supports the development of an International Research Coordination Network (iRCN), designed to facilitate transdisciplinary, multinational communications and accelerate the development and transfer of multisectoral data, standards, analysis tools, new technologies, and a trained workforce among differently urbanized countries. This project will expand the accomplishments of the China-U.S. Joint Research Center for Ecosystems and Environmental Change (JRCEEC) and FEWSTERN “Food-Energy-Water Systems Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Network”
The Objectives of this iRCN are to (1) build a comprehensive FEW-system database to support global urban sustainability; (2) create a focused FEW network to inspire urban outreach and engagement programs; (3) facilitate the formation of multinational transdisciplinary research teams to address the interests of urban stakeholders; and (4) educate and train a future FEW workforce capable of implementing sustainable urban development.
FEWSUS is expected to merge information from research networks existing among countries of different urbanization and income levels from all around the globe, including Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, and the United States. The project serves as a template for increasing FEW-urban research initiatives in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
The FEWSUS Program is administered by the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). Dr. Jie (Joe) Zhuang serves as Principal Investigator (PI) and directs FEWSUS. Dr. Tom Gill is the Stakeholder Coordinator and Co-PI. Dr. Frank Löffler is Research Coordinator and Co-PI. Dr. Mingzhou Jin is Education and Data Base Coordinator and Co-PI. Dr. Wendy Tate is Extension and Corporate Coordinator and CO-PI. Dr. Gary Sayler (Co-PI) will chair the Research Coordination Advisory Board.