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.

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Advisory Committee

Arun Agrawal, School for Environment and Sustainability
Kelly Askew, Anthropology
Jennifer Blesh, School for Environment and Sustainability
Bilal Butt, School for Environment and Sustainability
Ivan Eastin, School for Environment and Sustainability
Joe Eisenberg, School of Public Health
Mary Gallagher, Political Science
Elisabeth Gerber, School of Public Policy, Political Science
Seth Guikema, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Allen Hicken, Political 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 Jones, Political Science
Ken Kollman, Political Science
Larissa Larsen, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Maria Carmen Lemos, School 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: Submit your abstract!

We are excited to announce that a call for abstracts has been released for the 3rd Annual Sustainability and Development Conference, to be held virtually in January 2022. Check out the event page!

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