Dr. Bennardo investigated linguistic and mental representation of spatial relationships in Tonga (Polynesia); he also discovered a foundational cultural model that from space contributes to the construction of other domains such as possession, traditional navigation, traditional religious beliefs, kinship, and social relationships. Dr. Bennardo is currently investigating the cultural model of nature of primary food producers in a world-wide research project.
Current Student Research Opportunities
Dr. Bennardo has opportunities for students that are interested in projects about finding ways to increase the presence of social science research in the world wide discourse about sustainability. There is also an opportunity for a beta project on climate change stressors on farmers' decision making in the US Midwest (including Northern Illinois).
Past Student Research Projects
Talk to Dr. Bennardo for more information!