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Sustainability Science seminar fall 2010

I am writing to let you know about a distributed graduate seminar on Sustainability Science that Steve Polasky and I are teaching this fall along with faculty from six other institutions , sponsored by the Institute on Environment and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/research/dgs).

Graduate students can register for EEB 8990; the course is 3 credits.

This is a research seminar on the core scholarly literature of sustainability science -- an emerging field of problem-driven research dealing with the interactions between human and environmental systems. The focus is on understanding how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability: meeting the needs of present and future generations in ways that conserve the planet's life support systems over multiple generations. Its goal is to introduce active researchers interested in sustainability science to the field's principle themes, cutting-edge findings, active debates and unresolved research questions. Participants will critically discuss a set of presentations and papers covering the field in a systematic way, drawing on and integrating contemporary research from earth systems science, resource economics, institutional analysis, geography, and development studies. Participants' critiques of and additions to the presented material will contribute to a set of curriculum materials on sustainability science being developed by an international team of leaders in the field for open-access use by the global community.

The multi-institution seminar is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative bringing together students from applied economics, political science, ecology and evolution, geography, engineering etc. with participants from the University of Minnesota, Florida International, Arizona State, Harvard, Princeton, and the Center for Ecosystem Studies at UNAM in Mexico.

We will meet at the Institute on Environment M&W 3:30-5:00 pm fall semester. We are capping the course at 20. Please forward this to potentially interested students and colleagues who would seem like a good match for the seminar. This will be a tremendous opportunity to engage in high level discussion and collaborative writing with colleagues from across North America.

Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Associate Professor
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota

Stephen Polasky
Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics
Department of Applied Economics / Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota

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