Welcome to Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD)  2024!  We are excited to bring you the 15th annual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development.

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

Dates/Location:  April 5 and April 6, 2024. Hybrid (Columbia University in New York City and on Zoom).

Application Deadline for Presentations: January 31, 2024, 23:59 EST.  (Application closed)

Call for application

Contact Email:  [email protected]

Past IPWSD: 202320222021 — 2020 — 2019 — 2018 — 2017

— 2016 2015 — 2014 — 2013 — 2012 — 2011 — 2010


The IPWSD provides a forum for young researchers working at the intersection between human development and the environment to present, receive feedback on, and discuss their research work. It also aims to foster a network among students pursuing research across disciplines generating a broader interdisciplinary dialogue around sustainable development.

The workshop is targeted at PhD candidates. Presentations are expected to last 20 minutes and will be followed by a 5-minute discussant presentation, and 10 minutes of questions. Additionally, each presenter is expected to act as a discussant for another presentation that aligns most closely with their own research interests. In the past, participants have included students from university departments in economics, earth and environmental sciences, ecology, political science, engineering, epidemiology, and geography. Besides presentations, there will be at least one keynote address by a leading researcher in the field of sustainable development as well as a roundtable discussion on the challenges and chances of interdisciplinary work.

There is no fee for participating in the event and light breakfast & lunches will be provided. This year, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of need-based travel scholarships in line with the Sustainable Development Doctoral Society’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse academic community. For up to 10 participants, we can support expenses for bus, train, and flight tickets up to $500. Please indicate in the application form if you wish to be considered for need-based travel funding to allow your in-person participation.

Applications for IPWSD 2024 are now open. Please submit your application by filling out the online form by January 31, 2024, 23:59 EST. All applicants will be notified of the final decision regarding their application by the middle of February 2024. If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact the planning committee at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you in New York,

IPWSD Planning Committee