About Us

The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment's goals are to increase the quality, quantity and competitiveness of the Virginia Tech research portfolio by supporting innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research that addresses critical human and societal concerns impacting the lives of people and places. The Institute leverages university funds to increase sponsored research and scholarship with a focus on issues of importance in the social sciences.

ISCE primarily supports faculty activities that have the potential for extramural funding. In so doing, ISCE makes available financial and technical assistance that supports the development of individual faculty members and promotes participation in interdisciplinary teams.

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
  • Community and Built Environments: urban formations; rural settings; home environments; policy implementation and evaluation  

ISCE supports eight associated centers and one research lab, offers a variety of support programs, such as it signature ISCE Scholars program, and provides capacity building activities and strategies including:

 Learn more about ISCE's goals and objectives in the ISCE Strategic Plan: 2020-2024.

To learn more about ISCE, contact Karen Roberto, the Institute director, or Yancey Crawford, Project Coordination Specialist, or explore our website.