Graduate Education for a New Sustainable Urban Systems Science: Designing a New PhD Curriculum Integrating Sustainability Science and Urban Science

This is a report on the discussions held during an NSF SUS conference “Graduate Education for a New Sustainable Urban Systems Science: Designing a New PhD Curriculum Integrating Sustainability Science and Urban Science” in September 2019. The conference was motivated by the call made by the NSF for “…developing the next generation of sustainable urban systems science.” (NSF 2018) The conference was premised on the assumption that such continued development will require the training of new generations of urban sustainability scientists, and that both the content and manner of training will be different from those established degree programs. The assembled group of participants represented a variety of disciplines and academic fields—urban economics, economic geography, regional science, urban sociology, archaeology, anthropology, urban planning, political science, architecture, design, sustainability science, urban ecology, computer science, engineering and physics—as well as different manners of engaging with teaching, research and policy-making. The conference’s discussions were greatly enriched by participants knowledge of urbanization in the USA, Canada and Mexico, Western Europe, China, India, Africa, Guyana and South America.
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