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Global Sustainability Working Group

The Global Sustainability Working Group (GSWG) brings together graduate students, faculty and research scientists from across MIT to discuss global sustainability challenges and appropriate governance frameworks. The group is a continuation of the Environmental Vulnerability, Resilience, and Justice group founded in 2008. The name has been changed to reflect the genesis that has taken place in the scope of inquiry.

The GSWG looks across a variety of scales and disciplines and from diverse methodological and epistemological standpoints to tackle questions of environmental, social and economic sustainability. We consider existing and emerging theoretical advancements as well as how researchers and practitioners can contribute to the creation of more sustainable cities and regions in both the global North and South. The issues we address include: energy, climate change, transportation and infrastructure, food security, water and sanitation, and environmental justice.

The sessions will be anchored in discussions of student and faculty work in progress. The intent is to encourage analytic discussions and critical feedback among the members of the group and invited participants. Work in progress encompasses new faculty projects, doctoral and masters-level student papers, research reports, and dissertation and thesis projects at different stages of development. Once each semester, we will invite faculty members and researchers from the Boston area whose work is of particular relevance to the global environmental sustainability topic so that we can explore emerging areas of research of interest to members of the working group.


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