Rachel Havrelock

    Email Address: raheleh@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: English
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 1909 UH Phone: 312-413-4689
    Webpage: http://www.freshwaterlab.org
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    The Great Lakes
    Environmental Humanities
    Transboundary water systems
    water diplomacy
    resource sovereignty
    fossil fuels and renewable energy
    oil pipelines
    storytelling/oral history

    religion and biblical studies

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 4

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Ideally, the student will be a major in the humanities with significant research and writing experience. A junior or senior is preferred. Organizational skills and flexibility are both important. Some knowledge of environmental or ecological matters encouraged.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    My larger project is the Freshwater Lab, an initiative to communicate Great Lakes water issues to the general public, create tools to visualize the current state and future scenarios of water sources, engage unaffiliated groups in water planning, and train a new generation of Great Lakes leaders. As we focus on the Great Lakes basin, we also reach outward to build relationships with water stewards from other parts of the world.

    The Freshwater Lab works in seven areas including the role of culture in water stewardship and peacemaking, digital storytelling, oil pipelines, environmental justice, water delivery and lead pipes, water cost and the human right to water, and water diplomacy.

    See here for more: http://www.freshwaterlab.org/projects/

    We are currently building our digital storytelling platform, Freshwater Stories, and preparing for a launch this fall.

    In addition to these research areas, I am interested in working with students on a range of local or international water issues as well as communication and dissemination.

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