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Oct 9, 2015

Joe Witt Awarded NOAA Grant as Part of Interdisciplinary Research Team

An interdisciplinary research team that includes Assistant Professor Joe Witt was recently awarded a $250,000 grant to study communication networks between resource management agencies and the Vietnamese-American fishing community on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The research team, which includes Witt, Matthew Freeman (Agricultural Economics), David Hoffman (Anthropology), Brian Shoup (Political Science), and Becky Schewe (Sociology, Syracuse University), will conduct interviews and surveys with members of the Gulf Coast Vietnamese-American fishing community, representatives of regional and national resource management agencies, and staff members of regional non-profit aid organizations over the next 2 years.

This data will help outline networks of communication and influence among diverse stakeholders, particularly following the impact of events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. With this information, the goal will be to outline concrete strategies for improving resilience among coastal fishing communities.

Along with helping to conduct surveys and interviews, Witt will focus primarily on the influence of religious organizations in these communication networks.

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