As one of Virginia Tech's research investment institutes, ISCE serves the entire university, with its primary constituents being faculty whose research and scholarship focuses on socially significant research and creative efforts.  ISCE's four thematic areas of research and scholarship include:

  • Global Issues Initiative:  global trade and economic integration; global security; public policy; counter-terrorism; public health; science policy
  • Human Development and Health: life span issues; aging issues; children, adolescents, adulthood, family, community; child and adult health behavior; social influences on health; public health; health policy
  • Risk and Resilience:  individual risk; social complexity, ethics; risk analysis; disaster management; social media and communication; technology, security; public policy
  • Built Environments: urban formations; rural settings; home environments; policy implementation and evaluation 



This is a photograph of Isabel Bradburn

The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Isabel Bradburn to ISCE Administrative Fellow.  Dr. Bradburn brings expertise in social science content (e.g., children and families, early childhood education and interventions, elementary and STEM education and policy, and attachment), research methods (e.g, quantitative methods, interviewing and survey construction, program evaluation and translational science) and proposal development.

As an Administrative Fellow, she will:

  • Coordinate ISCE-related special projects and initiatives
  • Assist faculty in ISCE-related proposal writing ventures
  • Facilitate the development of internal and external collaboration

2018-2019 ISCE Scholars Call for Applications Now Open!

ISCE is now accepting applications for its Scholars Program, which provides support for faculty preparing to seek external funds for research that addresses critical human and societal concerns. Applications are due March 15, 2018. Click here for the application  guidelines and required forms.

Middle East Small Grant Program Accepting Applications

The ISCE-GSS Middle East Small Grants (MESG) Program has issued a RFA for seed funding for Middle East-related research within Virginia Tech. Grants ranging from $1,000-$5,000 will be awarded. Read more...

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