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What is Global Sustainable Development?

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 to 2050, with the next few decades predicted to witness significant transformations in economic growth, international relations, human development, biodiversity, human health, and social justice.

Employers and policy makers increasingly need graduates who can consider these national and global challenges from different perspectives, understand their complexity and engage competently with a variety of approaches and potential solutions.

Our Global Sustainable Development degrees address the key issues that all the world’s nations have identified as central to our future. They 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.

Find out what our courses can offer by checking out the Degree Overview and Course Structure sections on this website, as well as listening to our GSD Radio Podcast.



Fri 04 May '18
Congratulations to Julie Saumagne on securing URSS funding for conducting an independent research project this summer

Julie will be using the URSS funding to combine interests developed through two Second Year Global Sustainable Development (GSD) modules Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System and Keeping the Phoenix Flying or Clipping its Wings?: Learning through Student Research into the Praxis of ‘local’ Sustainable Development

Specifically, the inter-disciplinary research will investigate the history of hunger in Coventry since the Industrial Revolution. It will critically analyse strategies used to combat hunger in relation to broader economic, social and political contexts. Analysis will be based on archival research and primary data generated through interviews.

It is hoped that this work will illustrate how students can feed into the University’s emerging agenda of local and regional engagement, currently being championed in the department’s research-based teaching of local sustainable development in the City of Coventry.

Wed 11 Apr '18
Congratulations to Anna Matrai on securing Energy GRP URSS funding for conducting an independent research project this summer.

Anna's project will focus on the large-scale investment in renewable energy in Masdar City, which the UAE government hope will become a platform for sustainable energy research. It will explore the extent to which there is a conflict of interest in oil-rich countries between wealth accumulation from oil dominance and the investment in clean energy solutions for future energy security. Anna will visit the UAE this summer to interview representatives from the country's academic, industrial and governmental sectors.

Thu 15 Mar '18
Congratulations to our GSD Photo Competition Winner, Katharine McEnery

Many congratulations to the winner of our Global Sustainable Development Photo Competition, Katharine McEnery.

Students were invited to submit creative images reflecting on the themes "What does Global Sustainable Development look like?" and "You know you're studying Global Sustainable Development when...".

The judges thought that Katharine's photo was an excellent and imaginative representation of the chosen theme.



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GLOBUS - the online student-run magazine for all those interested in issues surrounding global sustainable development and liberal arts.

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