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  and the GDS open access peer-reviewed academic journal CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion at

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

Three of our core programs are:

The Program on Resilient and Sustainable Communities, working in collaboration with regional partners, furthers applied empirical research to develop adaptation, resilience, and sustainable livelihood options for marginal and vulnerable populations in developing and emerging middle-income countries. The program invites research and practice partners to share their learning and experience in its Applied Knowledge and Intervention Network. 

The Program on Social Exclusion advances research and scholarship on the barriers that still block large groups from meaningful participation in economic growth in both developing and advanced economies. The program examines societal influences that aid or constrain inclusive policies including attitudes toward race, ethnicity, caste and tribal identity, gender, sexual orientation and religious tradition, and promotes global dialogue to promote inclusion. The program has initiated research and dialogue on how religion is both a powerful social force as well as an essential structure for giving meaning to the very idea of development and progress, and also how it can be utilized and manipulated to consolidate a repressive status quo.

The Program for Capacity Building works with NGOs on planning, monitoring and evaluation methods that are inclusive of beneficiary communities and with universities on curriculum design, pedagogy, and governance issues. 

Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, M.S. 035
Waltham, MA 02453
[email protected]