Laudato si' Research Collaborative

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Pope Francis's encyclical on integral ecology, Laudato Si, the Lane Center is sponsoring the Laudato Si Research Collaborative, which will run 2024-2025.

The goal of the collaborative will be to support faculty and librarian interdisciplinary research efforts to interpret, expand, critically engage, and enact Pope Francis's vision of an integral ecology.


  • Offer opportunities for faculty research
  • Host interfaith & intergenerational dialogue
  • Have nature immersion community experiences
  • Read and discuss Laudato Si together.

This initiative will culminate in a conference in 2025.


  • Fall 2023
    • Public Event: Personal Power. Prophetic Messages: Catholic Witness and the Climate Crisis, with Erin Lothes Biviano, PhD, December 7, 11:45am-12:45pm
  • Spring 2024
    • January - March: Application process open
    • May: Cohort solidified. Nature Immersion experiences
  • Summer 2024
    • June - August: Read Laudato Si.
  • Fall 2024
    • Late August - early September: Nature Immersion
    • Monthly (4) Interfaith dialogues and public events
  • Spring 2025
    • Nature immersion (January)
    • Laudato Si conference

We welcome research on the topics of integral ecology, environmental justice, care for our common home, interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to ecology, including, but not limited to, scientific, economic, political, sociological, scientific, philosophical, and religious. We also welcome proposals aligned with ecological education, design-based analyses and solutions to environmental degradation and sustainability.

Collaborative proposals are welcome. Selected projects will be supported with summer stipends from the Lane Center.

For more information, contact Kimberly Carfore, PhD: or Erin Brigham, PhD: