ph.d. in environment and sustainability


Our Environment and Sustainability Ph.D. equips students with diverse perspectives to develop profound new ideas, knowledge and answers to the most important concerns facing people and the planet. The program provides a deep understanding of how fundamental principles of environmental science and sustainability can be applied to research and address key environmental challenges that require skills in multiple disciplines—preparing students for a range of careers in academia, as well as public and private sectors.

Students will choose areas of focus, such as:

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Water
  • Air quality
  • Health
  • Ecosystems
  • Urban systems
  • Sustainable enterprise and development
  • Consumption
  • Social cohesion and inequality
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental humanities
  • Narrative theory and practice
  • Environmental communications
  • Governance and policy
  • Environmental law

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Advancing understanding on such challenges requires considering their bio-physical, economic, political, social and cultural aspects, including—crucially—the interactions that link these domains.

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“As a passionate environmentalist and social justice organizer, students with diverse views helped me value mainstream and economically-framed solutions”

​​Cassie Gardener-Manjikian

​LiS, 2012

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