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GSD Essay Competition

Global Sustainable Development Year 12* Essay Competition

Submit one essay of 1500-2000 words on one of the following titles:


  1. As the negotiations around Brexit are ongoing, what issues of Sustainable Development should our leaders be concerned with?
  2. “The expression ‘Think Global Act Local’ offers the best guidance to achieving Global Sustainable Development”. Discuss.
  3. To what extent is Global Sustainable Development primarily about how we manage environmental resources?

The United Nations defines Global Sustainable Development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.


The world’s population is predicted to grow from six to nine billion between the years 2000 and 2050, with the next few decades predicted to witness significant transformations in economic growth, international relations, human development, biodiversity, human health, and social justice. Our ten Global Sustainable Development degrees equip you with the expertise, skills, and knowledge that enable you to contribute meaningfully to the debates about these big problems, so that you can make a real difference to the world.


*Year 12 in the UK or sixteen to seventeen year old age group equivalent.

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Judging and Winners

The competition deadline is 30th March 2018, any submissions after this date will not be accepted.

Please ensure that you obtain support for your entry from one of your teachers. You will need to provide their name on the entry form.


The judging panel will consist of members of academic staff from the Global Sustainable Development team and current students.


Winners will be announced at an event to take place at the University of Warwick in Summer 2018.