The Freshwater Lab is a research and educational initiative based at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Seeking to address freshwater issues from a humanities and social sciences perspective, the Lab represents an unprecedented effort to engage new voices in humanistic solutions to issues facing the Great Lakes region.
Driven by current and historical problems and triumphs, the Freshwater Lab convenes conferences, working groups, and academic courses that explore solutions and creative approaches to pressing natural resource issues. The Freshwater Lab promotes innovative research on the history, policy, and politics of resource distribution and prepares students in the Humanities for work in public policy and public life.
Freshwater Lab support includes awards from the Humanities Without Walls consortium based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is additionally supported by awards from the McDougal Family Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.