The Land-Water-Place Program

The muddy deserted streets of flood ravaged Princeville, North Carolina stand in silent testimony to the destruction wrought by the Tar River. Princeville, NC 9/28/99. Photo By Dave Saville/FEMA News Photo.
Mississippi RIver
Low level aerial shot of landscape with mixed forests, meadows, and lakes with houses and roads.

Opening Doors to Understanding Equity and Justice

The site is designed to support academic and professional expertise and open doors to understanding equity and justice in a number of ways. Some articles contained here are long form journalism pieces, that provide background to issues pertaining to soil or agriculture. Others, such as “Designing Indian Country,” ask us how we might manage research and resource management  with full participation of indigenous people. Moreover, articles such as “Making Place From Story” open up possibilities for cross-cultural understanding of water issues, expanding the range beyond scientific and engineering expertise. Sections on climate, Indigeneity and the Mississippi River are inherently transdisciplinary, requiring knowledge from multiple specialties to address and solve problems in the world.

Broadening and Deepening Perspectives

There will always be a need for specialized expert knowledge, but this site and the articles it connects to provide possible avenues for scholars and practitioners seeking to broaden, as well as deepen, their perspectives. The expectation is that the site will be a resource for teaching, as well as for active, community-based learning and engagement, where specialists are increasingly finding themselves needing to stretch beyond their training.

Land-Water-Place is intended to provide points of access for students, members of the public and some resource professionals who are interested in how DEIJ might intersect with their existing interests, but aren’t sure where to start their exploration. The articles and blog posts are intended to inspire questions, further research and inquiry, and perhaps to be part of a course curriculum.


The web site is envisioned as a living, changing platform for knowledge-sharing. It is envisioned as a space where students may be contributors, as well as users, of information on the site. 

For further information, and to contribute to the site, contact project manager Patrick Nunnally at [email protected].