Sustainability and Development Initiative

Welcome to the homepage for the Sustainability and Development Initiative at the University of Michigan.

Sustainable development is among the greatest challenges facing humanity. Efforts to realize sustainable development – such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals or the many individual undertakings by governments and donors – seek to secure human and environmental well-being.  As scholars and practitioners seek to understand better how global and local sustainability can be leveraged to realize human well-being, interest in the subject will intensify. Compelling and wide-ranging in terms of definitions, approaches, and outcomes, sustainable development harbors enormous room for knowledge sharing, creative, cross-disciplinary approaches, and thoughtful problem solving.
The Sustainability and Development Initiative, based at the University of Michigan, seeks to catalyze work and partnerships around sustainable development, such that it is not about a single discipline or theoretical orientation but is instead a platform which enables conversation across the ways in which that sustainability and development are imagined and realized.

Coordination Committee

Arun AgrawalSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Kelly AskewAnthropology
Jennifer BleshSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Bilal ButtSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Ivan EastinSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Joe EisenbergSchool of Public Health
Leela FernandesWomen’s Studies Political Science
Mary GallagherPolitical Science
Elisabeth GerberSchool of Public Policy, Political Science
Allen HickenPolitical Science
Meha JainSchool for Environment and Sustainability

Pauline JonesPolitical Science
Ken KollmanPolitical Science
Larissa LarsenUrban Planning
Maria Carmen LemosSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Shelie Miller, School for Environment and Sustainability
Brian MinPolitical Science
Josh NewellSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Anne PitcherAfroamerican and African Studies, Political Science
Lutgarde RaskinCivil and Environmental Engineering
Elizabeth RobertsAnthropology
Cristy WatkinsSchool for Environment and Sustainability  

Sustainability and Development Conference 2019 Announcements

The Call for Abstracts will be distributed February 18.
Check out the SDC 2019 page for more details!

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