Hoosier Social-Environmental Survey

Hoosier Social-Environmental Survey

This comprehensive, ongoing survey will document Hoosiers’ attitudes and adaptations to past, present and future environmental change, including their use of resources such as food, water and energy; their expectations for work, social and leisure activities; and their perceptions of risk related to change.

The team will use statewide sampling as well as to track statewide historical trends available in census and other records, focusing on five communities rooted in distinct historical and geographic regions: South Bend in the industrial north, Kokomo in the corn belt, Metropolitan Indianapolis, Bloomington in the southern hill country and New Albany in the Ohio River Valley. All will partner with ERI in this contemporary social study and with green infrastructure research initiatives.

Researchers will use historical census data, then draw on archival and documentary records, secondary historical sources and the built landscape to reconstruct a history of community responses to the challenges of making a living, governing and drawing meaning from life.

Using the Polis Center’s “deep mapping” capabilities, researchers will place these sources of human data into play with evidence of climatic and other environmental changes, developed by other research teams, for a new understanding of the interdependency of social and environmental change to date.

This project is part of the Human Communities working group.