Scholars are increasingly called upon to address the most pressing socio-ecological challenges of our time (e.g., global climate change, health disparities, food-water-energy insecurities). At the same time they are also asked to articulate the societal impact of their work and communicate research findings to broader audiences.  Researchers in all disciplines must not only communicate their research to the public, they must also work with the public to develop an impactful research agenda that authentically addresses the concerns and needs of communities. Storytelling has a crucial role to play in this context. Storytelling is a good way to approach framing issues and articulate narratives for meaningful communication. This site contains stories and associated resources as part of an effort at UC San Diego to guide students in learning the craft of storytelling --including the skills needed to effectively communicate with funders, media, public audiences, and to work in deep engagement with the needs of local communities; especially where efforts are underway to eradicate root causes of poverty, environmental degradation and unhealthy living conditions. 

The site features work that: (1) students have been doing in two classes noted below, and (2) by researchers and partners associated with UC San Diego's Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design.

FOOD JUSTICE: The course examines how race, class, landscape ecology and social movements interact in the development of city-region food systems and the rise of food disparities.  Race and class inequalities have given rise to food deserts in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. Food deserts are geographic areas within cities where underserved communities lack local access to healthy food. The course evaluates the prospects of local place-based food justice movements (e.g., activism to eliminate food disparities) in the context of global modernity’s increasingly stressed urban-rural, human-nature, economy-ecology, and science-society interdependencies.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Examine Science Communication as a profession and unique form of storytelling. Identify who does Science Communication, how, why and with what impacts. Highlight Science Communication's role in democracy, power, public reason, technological trajectories, the sustainability transition, and shifting University-Community relations.