Do you agree that humanity has reached a point where passivity is no longer an option? Are you inspired to participate in a local to global movement tackling a broad spectrum of challenges, from climate change to societal injustice? Do you want to learn through an Undergraduate Degree programme that is interdisciplinary rather than wedded to a 'traditional' subject? If so, then studying with us at Global Sustainable Development could be the answer. We maintain that the complex issues of sustainable development demand an approach which gives weighting to all disciplinary backgrounds, from marine biology to sociology, economics to psychology. Our tutors come from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds, and their research and teaching is grounded in the University's Global Research Priorities.
Aspiration, determination, and enthusiasm defines our students. Our GSD courses bring together students from across the world, with a diverse array of opinions and academic interests. You can meet two of our current GSD students below.
Hollie Ryan (Second Year)
- Studying: Politics and International Studies and Global Sustainable Development
- Three words to describe a GSD Degree: Problem-solving, innovative, dynamic
- Student Societies: Climate Reality, I joined the Executive Committee in Term One of my first year, becoming the society's Web Content Officer; I am now Green Society Coordinator.
- Top Tip for Prospective Students: Don’t be afraid to bring new ideas to Warwick, and don’t be intimidated to get involved with things the majority of people your age aren’t doing. I joined Warwick Behavioural Insights Team, something only Masters students tend to do, and contributed to a project to reduce campus waste. I also joined the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) as a GSD and PAIS representative, where as students we have the opportunity to directly influence the shape and content of our GSD courses.
- SDG you feel most connected to: I have a particular interest in the transition from a linear to a circular economy. My degree has allowed me to think creatively about the innovative solutions needed to create a fairer, more balanced economy.
- Student Research: As part of Environmental Principles of GSD (GD105), I created a policy brief aimed at the European Union, providing five key recommendations to prevent microfibre shedding from clothing which negatively impact biodiversity. I really enjoyed this as there is currently not enough research or policy on it at all, however fast fashion is one of the biggest sectors responsible for micro-plastic pollution.
- Career Sector Interests: Innovation and design for sustainable development. Studying GSD at Warwick has made me more of an optimist in tackling global challenges, which has helped me to secure an internship with an environmental behavioural change organisation focusing on positive and upbeat sustainability messaging. It’s been fantastic to be able to draw links between my research on microfibres at Warwick and working for real world change.
Rhys Hillan (Final Year)
- Studying: Psychology and Global Sustainable Development
- Three words to describe a GSD Degree: Unique, important, liberal
- Student Societies: Previous President (and founding member) of Warwick Global Sustainable Development Society. We promote sustainability on Warwick campus encourage dialogue about global sustainability.
- Dissertation: Conducting surveys and interviews as part of researching Art Therapy in Higher Education. Aiming to curate an exhibition of student work from art therapy, inviting members of University communities to invest in art therapy for students.
- Top Tip for Prospective Students: explore different avenues, explore new and unusual subjects, especially the ones you haven’t heard of like anthropology or Global Sustainable Development. Investigate courses that you haven’t had much exposure at school level.
- SDG you feel most connected to: I have a particular interest in the role mental health plays in creating sustainable societies. As a joint honours Psychology student, my tutors in GSD have always encouraged me to bring my knowledge from Psychology into GSD.
- Student Research: I completed an essay for Food Security and Sovereignty dicussing how food insecurity exacerbates mental health problems. I studied this across cultures and geographies worldwide, and concluded that to create sustainable societies, we need to take mental health considerations more seriously. I'll be presenting this research at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research.
- Career Sector Interests: Further study; I am applying for an integrated Masters and PhD in the United States, aiming to research the impact of the Higher Education system on the mental health of first generation and low-income background students.
The University of Warwick
- Over 25,000 students enrolled.
- Ranked 4th in Europe in Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings (2018).
- Ranked 8th in The Guardian's UK University League Table (2018).
- Home to the Institue for Global Sustainable Development
- Driven by a set of Global Research Priorities, including Energy, International Development, and Sustainable Cities.
- Based near Coventry, the UK's 2021 City of Culture, on our beautiful and expanding campus.
"Our vision for these courses is grounded in critical and innovative thinking, promoting the transformation and construction of society"
Professor Cathia Jenainati