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About Us

The Engineering for Human Rights Initiative (EHRI) is a collaborative venture between UConn’s School of Engineering (SoE) and Human Rights Institute (HRI) that addresses human rights implications of the most significant challenges in engineering and technology in six key research areas: 1) Water, Health & Food Security; 2) Product Design, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Management; 3) Community Planning, Resilience and Justice for a Changing Environment; 4) Engineering Education and Accessibility Rights; 5) Engineering Substances and Process Sustainability; and 6) Cybersecurity, Privacy and Human Vulnerability.

The Initiative involves 60 faculty affiliates across departments within the SoE and in UConn’s School of Medicine; School Social Work; Law School; School of Business; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; and College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources. Globally recognized for our efforts at mainstreaming human rights into engineering education and research, we train undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and industry partners through courses and research collaboration with UConn colleagues and international partners.



Climate Change Research & Policy In CT: Strategies for Promoting Equity & Inclusion (October 14, 2021)

A key challenge in addressing the intensifying effects of climate change on our communities is to ensure equity in the costs and benefits of mitigation and adaptation strategies and public participation in policy decisions so that vulnerable communities in Connecticut are protected and maintain a stake in efforts to address climate change.

We held a conversation on October 14 with leading UConn researchers and environmental professionals involved in the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) and the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) about reducing greenhouse gas emissions while protecting infrastructure, agriculture, natural resources, and public health systems in Connecticut. Panelists discussed the challenges associated with promoting equity and participation and explored potential policy solutions.

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UConn School of Engineering and the UConn Human Rights Institute. Learn more about how we are making human rights an integral component of effective engineering practice. For more information, please contact us.

Davis Chacon Hurtado, Ph.D.


Assistant Research Professor for Civil and Environmental Engineering and Human Rights Institute

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, U-1205
Storrs, CT 06269

E-mail: davis.chacon-hurtado@uconn.edu
Fax: (860) 486-6332

Shareen Hertel, Ph.D.


Professor for Political Science & Human Rights

Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut
365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1024
Storrs, CT 06269-1024

E-mail: shareen.hertel@uconn.edu
Tel: 860 486 4129  Fax: 860 486 3347

Michael Rubin, Ph.D.

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Assistant Research Professor for Human Rights Institute

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, U-1205
Storrs, CT 06269

E-mail: michael.a.rubin@uconn.edu
Fax: (860) 486-6332