Sustainability and Development Initiative

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

Upcoming Event: Virtual Workshop on
“Everyday Adaptations to Climate Change”

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.

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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
Seth Guikema, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Allen HickenPolitical Science
Lesli Hoey, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Pamela JaggerSchool for Environment and Sustainability       
Meha Jain, School for Environment and Sustainability
Olivier Jolliet, School of Public Health

Pauline JonesPolitical Science
Ken KollmanPolitical Science
Larissa Larsen, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Maria Carmen LemosSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Shelie Miller, School for Environment and Sustainability
Brian MinPolitical Science
Martin Murray, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Josh NewellSchool for Environment and Sustainability
Richard Norton, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Ana Paula Pimental Walker, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Anne PitcherAfroamerican and African Studies, Political Science
Lutgarde RaskinCivil and Environmental Engineering
Elizabeth RobertsAnthropology
Cristy WatkinsSchool for Environment and Sustainability  

Sustainability and Development Conference Announcements

The SDC hosted over 500 participants in October 2019 SDC 2019 page

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Sustainability and Development Conference coordination committee has decided to postpone the annual conference. We are strategizing about the right time to hold it and will update you as soon as we have more information.

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