University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise

NiSE facilitates workshops and symposia that cut through the noise of the super-saturated sustainability arena to put a sharper point on where new research and information can most likely result in impactful solutions. Through these efforts, we foster collaboration between leading academics, practitioners and stakeholders to ask better questions and help bridge the gap between discovery and implementation.

User-Inspired Research

Rather than developing large joint research efforts or complex governance processes associated with participation and project deliverables, NiSE provides a simple platform for persistent provocation, irritation and inspiration between scientist and practitioners toward specific, shared outcomes. As such, our engagement efforts center around funded research initiatives, so that insights and expertise of practitioners can be supported and integrated into the design and implementation of scholarly research.

This model of user-inspired research has played out across NiSE Initiatives for over five years, addressing topics as far ranging as: sustainability measurement in sourcing and procurement, new applications for a mobile sharing economy, improving material cycling of plastic packaging and employee perceptions of time, money and happiness.  Ongoing efforts are focused in the areas of food system sustainability, developing a sustainable bioeconomy and managing energy use as a system resource.

For more information about this work or if you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Timothy Smith.

NiSE is a program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

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