The Conversation

The Conversation US arose out of deep-seated concerns for the fading quality of our public discourse – and recognition of the vital role that academic experts can play in the public arena. The Conversation’s mission is particularly resonant in the U.S., where people universally sense that the country’s social fabric is strained and the common ground people share is shrinking. Information always has been essential to democracy – a societal good, like clean water. But many now find it difficult to put their trust in the media. And with little consensus about what to believe, it only becomes harder to reach agreement with fellow citizens regarding what’s truthful. The Conversation US seeks to be part of the solution to this problem.

The Conversation

Mexico Wants Internet Access for All. Getting Everyone Online Could Reduce Poverty, Too

December 10, 2018

Leer en español. The Internet has been a right in Mexico since the nation’s Constitution was amended in 2013...

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The Conversation

Hurricane Kids: What Katrina Taught Us About Saving Puerto Rico’s Youngest Storm Victims

September 25, 2018

Editor’s note: At a glance, this article may seem outside the purview of Engineering for Change, but reading reveals...

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The Conversation

Low-Income Urban Neighborhoods May Gain the Most from Green Roofs

September 13, 2018

Heat waves aren’t just a source of discomfort. They’re the nation’s deadliest weather hazard, accounting for a fifth of...

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The Conversation

Far-Sighted Adaptation to Rising Seas Is Blocked by Just Fixing Eroded Beaches

September 6, 2018

Editor’s note: Following this analysis of erosion at US beaches, please see a discussion of the challenge as it...

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The Conversation

Shelter design can help people recover from homelessness

July 11, 2018

My research on the built environment suggests that the interior design of homeless shelters can either support or hinder...

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The Conversation

‘Supermud’ bricks could help tackle the world’s housing crisis and cut carbon emissions that cause climate change

June 28, 2018

The world is about to experience one of the biggest housing booms in history over the coming decades. In...

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The Conversation

I teach refugees to map their world

May 28, 2018

I first visited the Zaatari refugee camp in early 2015. Located in northern Jordan, the camp is home to...

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The Conversation

Amazonian dirt roads are choking Brazil’s tropical streams

May 16, 2018

Editor’s note: Research into aquatic wildlife in the Brazilian Amazon revealed a potential threat posed by poorly designed road...

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The Conversation

On the savanna, mobile phones haven’t transformed Maasai lives – yet

May 10, 2018

Mobile phones are everywhere. In fact, they may be nearly as common on the African savanna as they are...

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The Conversation

Biomining the Elements of the Future

April 17, 2018

Biomining is the kind of technique promised by science fiction: a vast tank filled with microorganisms that leach metal...

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