We recognize that the world's energy and environmental challenges are not simply technical. There are complex social and cultural challenges associated with finding a sustainable mix of energy sources in the developed and developing worlds. History shows that even the best technologies will fail without successful programs of development and implementation, and that process is social, cultural and political.

Rice's Energy and Environment Initiative is committed to bringing all the intellectual resources of the university to bear to solve real-world problems. Rice experts in the humanities and social sciences are already working to better understand the different habits, beliefs, knowledge, ethics, values, practices and institutions associated with energy and the environment in settings across the world. 


Rice's Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) is likewise a first-of-its-kind: the only research center in the world specifically designed to sponsor fact-based, nonpartisan research on the energy/environment nexus across the arts, humanities and social sciences. CENHS is building upon Rice's pioneering interdisciplinary research in "energy humanities" and bringing the expertise of the humanists and social scientists directly to bear on scientific research, technological planning and policy discussions.

Click the link for more information about the Center for Energy & Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) or contact Dominic Boyer.