Brandeis University Center for Global Development and Sustainability

The Center for Global Development and Sustainability (GDS) is an interdisciplinary and multinational group that advances scholarship and applied research on problems of vulnerability in developing countries as well as in advanced economies. Its core faculty and affiliated researchers include those from varied disciplines of the natural and social sciences, development studies and the humanities. GDS engages in partnerships in the U.S. and throughout the world that build understanding and expand capacity for sustainable and emancipatory development. Please see the GDS website at http://heller.brandeis.edu/gds/  and the GDS open access peer-reviewed academic journal CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion at https://journals.library.brandeis.edu/index.php/caste/index

Contact: Laurence Simon, Professor and Director: [email protected]

Two of our core programs are:

Program on Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods 

A grandmother and her grandchildren plant a tree in a drought-stricken rural area of West Bengal, India. © 2009 Kingshuk Chakravarty, Courtesy of Photoshare

The Program on Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods aims to develop adaptation, resilience and sustainable livelihood options for marginal and vulnerable societies and communities in developing and emerging middle-income countries. Working in collaboration with regional partners, the group seeks to achieve its objectives through applied empirical research and by linking national and regional climate change researchers to globally respected scientific expertise. At the program’s inaugural meeting in 2014, GDS established the Applied Knowledge and Intervention Network of collaborating institutions in West and East Africa, North East and South Asia to develop resilience and sustainable livelihood options as well as ensure food security for vulnerable communities. Our work in this area is focused on linking research to effective policy and practical measures that assist communities to develop needed adaptations.

Program on Social Exlusion