IPWSD 2022

Welcome to IPWSD 2022!  We are excited to bring you the 13th annual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development.

Hosted by:  Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society.

Dates/Location:  Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9, 2022. Hybrid.

Application Deadline for PresentationsFriday February 11, 2022. Apply here!

Contact Email:  [email protected]

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The sustainability of development presents some of the most important policy challenges concerning the future of our planet. None of these central issues can be understood from the sole perspective of a traditional discipline, whether in the social, natural, engineering or health sciences. After the great success of the inaugural workshop in 2011, Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is convening the 13th annual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD); scheduled for April 8-9, 2022. This year, the format of the event will be hybrid: participants can attend either in person or on Zoom.

The IPWSD is a workshop open to students working on or interested in issues relating to sustainable development. It is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with similar researchers from other institutions. In particular, we hope to facilitate a network among students pursuing in-depth research in one or several disciplines, whether quantitative or qualitative, to generate a larger interdisciplinary discussion concerning sustainable development. Workshop attendees can present current research they are working on,  or attend the workshop without presenting.

We encourage contributions on a wide range of subjects including environmental economics, science and policy, climate impacts, resources management, energy systems, urban planning and public health, among others. In the past, participants have included students from university departments in economics, earth and environmental sciences, ecology, political science, engineering, epidemiology, and geography. If your research pertains to the field of sustainable development and the linkages between natural and social systems, we encourage you to apply regardless of disciplinary background. Additionally, the Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse academic community and we encourage applications from underrepresented groups in economics, the natural sciences, and related fields.

The workshop is targeted at PhD candidates who seek feedback on their research. Participants should expect to present for 15-20 minutes with plenty of room for discussion. Students in the dissertation stage of their PhD will be given priority for presentation slots, though advanced masters students and post-docs are also encouraged to apply. Workshop participants are expected to cover their travel and lodging expenses if they choose to attend in person, but there is no fee for participating in the event and light breakfast & lunches will be provided.

Applications for IPWSD 2022 are now open.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the planning committee at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you this spring!

The Thirteenth IPWSD Planning Committee.





We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for this event: Center for Sustainable Development, the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the School of International and Public Affairs.