The global challenges of the 21st century, including food security, climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, urban growth, and distribution of water resources, test the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. The School of Global Studies engages in globally informed research and education on environmental questions that belie disciplinary-based research approaches. We are particularly concerned with thinking through how to engage in inter- and trans-disciplinary scholarship within a globalizing world. Our expertise spans environmental governance, sustainable development, green growth, environmental justice, environmental education, climate change, human rights and theorizing nature-society interactions. We offer an undergraduate degree in Human Ecology and a PhD degree in Environmental Social Science. We also contribute courses and dissertation supervision to the MSc in Global Studies.
Current staff are engaged in a wide variety of research projects which can be grouped into 3 main themes.
1. Conflict and management: environmental governance; the politics of climate change adaptation; coastal zone management; land use change, gender and social exclusion; and conflict and environmental change.
2. Urban and peri-urban development: mobility and transport; sustainable growth; consumption; waterfront development; biodiversity and ecosystem services.
3. Public engagement and policy: the relationships between environmental transformation and public policy and practice in both the Global North and the Global South; human rights and public authorities; co-management and science-citizen forums.