This past April, internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist, Chris Jordan, was honored with the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs’s Human Security Award on the 24th. However, he was not the only one to leave the UC Irvine campus with a token of recognition. In addition to the Seattle-based photographer and soon-to-be documentarian, CUSA also bestowed the night’s second prize, the Human Security Fellowship, to co-winners Josh Gellers and Nora Davis (featured above on the right).
To the left is Josh Gellers, a Ph.D. candidate in UCI’s Department of Political Science and LEED Green Associate. He has published work that strongly blurs and intwines the worlds of politics and environmental issues, particularly in regards to law and policy. To the right is Nora Davis, a Ph.D. student in UCI’s Department of Social Ecology. Her primary fields of interest are environmental and positive psychology, specifically exploring the experience of transcendence and its impact on pro-environmental behavior. Both graduate students have contributed mountains of data to a plethora of projects around campus, and both Gellers and Davis were rewarded with an honorarium of $500 for their latest research pursuits. While the former’s most recent work has been juxtaposing the South Asian nations of Nepal and Sri Lanka in terms of their adopted or non-adopted constitutional, environmental rights, the latter’s latest work has been the co-created curriculum for UC Irvine sustainability courses that provides students the opportunity to partake in guided and real-world applicable research group projects.
The fellowships are intended to support students or organizations that conduct important work on topics such as: human rights, sustainable development, development of alternative energy sources and pro-poor technologies, medical and public health interventions, environmental change, peace building and conflict resolution. The nomination process began on the eve of March and ended on April 3rd. Due to the two candidates’ comparably impressive research records, both were awarded with comparable compensations. Along with Jordan, both Gellers and Davis were met with a congratulating audience, hopefully inspiring future researchers in various fields of academia whose work has applicability to reducing human insecurity as well.