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Global Sustainable Development in Practice

Building the bridge between theory and practice is at the heart of sustainable development and with GSD your learning will go far beyond the classroom. Our pedagogical vision encourages practical action as a core component of your educational experience and our courses implement a hands-on, collaborative approach wherever possible. Warwick is also home to a number of active student-led initatives and societies which promote the cause of sustainable development. And whats more, our Department has supported a number of GSD students with independent research projects focusing on issues related to sustainability. We maintain that practical learning is key to the praxis of sustainable development, and you can find out more below.


GD109 Ecological Principles of Global Sustainable Development

Dr Jessica Savage will guide you through a diverse array of weekly ecological practicals across Warwick's campus.

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GD304 Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System

In 2018, students visited Feldon Forest Farm, a leading local organic farm which has won several awards commending its sustainability practices.

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GD311 The Energy Trilemma

Discover how Warwick is innovating to create a more sustainable energy infrastructure.

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Student Societies & Initiatives


  • Global Sustainable Development's student-led magazine, discussing a range of sustainability related issues.

GSD Society

  • A dedicated student society which focuses on taking GSD beyond the classroom. They hold campus campus events, speak at University sustainability talks, and run initiatives to raise awareness of sustainable development.

Warwick SEED

  • New for 2018/19, GSD students have collaborated to focus on social enterprise, sustainability careers, and global cooperation.


  • Warwick's student-led initative to promote responsible food consumption habits and raise the profile of problems associated with food waste.

Climate Reality

  • Warwick's Chapter of the wider Climate Reality Project seek to promote an eco-friendly campus and transition the daily lives of the Warwick community towards more sustainable practices.

What change could you make?

  • Warwick's internationally and culturally diverse student community has a growing voice in promoting the transition to global sustainable development. You can be part of that change.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Support Scheme

The scheme is designed to enable students to develop their capabilities as a researcher, to actively engage in the production of new knowledge at the University, and to provide an opportunity to inform choices for future study or employment. URSS is open each year and previous projects from GSD students have included "Impacts of Climate Change on Peripheral Regions: The case for stronger adapation and increased mitigation in Europe" and "The Enabling Environment of Renewable Energy Policies in the United Arab Emirates". More here.

See also Lord Rootes Memorial Fund and Opportunity Fund

International Conference of Undergraduate Research

Taking place annually, ICUR is an exclusively undergraduate forum designed to showcase the very best in undergraduate research. It allows participants to present their work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. The conference utilises video technology to allow students to present their research to an international audience, in real-time, without leaving Warwick. ICUR is led and sponsored by Warwick and Monash University. More here

See also British Conference of Undergraduate Research