Sustainable Development

Dr. Zsuzsa Gille, Associate Professor of LAS Global Studies and Sociology, Dr. Jesse Ribot, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Director of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) Initiative, and Dr. Robert Pahre, Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Union, discuss sustainable development and environmental policies and implications.

For more Center for Global Studies resources on this topic, see the Sustainable Development Research Cluster.


Dr. Zsuzsa Gille explains the impact of development on the environment while discussion the green revolution’s impact on farmers and industrialization of less developed countries and Eastern Europe.


Dr. Zsuzsa Gille discusses the environmental movement as a social movement and the professionalism of the environmental movement into NGO’s and their involvement in environmental negotiations. Dr. Gille also discusses cons of the professionalism of the environmental movement and the movement’s biggest problem.


Dr. Zsuzsa Gille discusses two definitions of globalization and how effective each definition sees globalization with its impact on the knowledge domain and human capitol.


Dr. Jesse Ribot discusses the climate questions via how strong a storm or drought is or how large devastation’s consequences are based on the strength of the storm or drought when compared to the vulnerability of the affected area and people and factors to why certain people may be vulnerable.


Dr. Jesse Ribot covers different responses to vulnerability and their effectiveness and the key to eliminating all vulnerability.


Dr. Robert Pahre discusses environmental policy in international contexts with the Kyoto Treaty, reasons for signing or not signing the treaty and other potential approaches and challenges to environmental policy.


Dr. Robert Pahre discusses environmental policy and the national parks of the U.S. and Canada, the implications for preservation and wildlife and international North American environmental treaties in existence and their implications.


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