June 7 - 14, 2017

Columbia’s PhD in Sustainable Development program sincerely invites doctoral students who are interested in sustainability and complexity to apply and participate in our weeklong event.

The application has closed. View this year's schedule here. Please see some photos from last year below:

The Alliance Summer School began as a student-led initiative in 2012 in an effort to promote interdisciplinary exchanges between doctoral and masters students researching the nexus of science and policy at Alliance institutions. The Summer School brings together world-class professors, industry experts and PhD students for the exchange of ideas, intellectual discourse, and joint-learning opportunities through a mixture of guest speakers and workshops.

Our focus this year is on complex interactions within and across natural, social and political systems. We want to better understand these interactions and learn how to incorporate or consider them in research and policymaking. Examples will be drawn from various topics, including public health (e.g. air pollution, infectious diseases) and natural resources management (e.g. fisheries).

A detailed summary from 2014's Summer School is available here.

The organizing team is currently in the process of contacting potential speakers for 2016. Notable speakers from past Summer Schools include Christian Gollier,Professor and Director of Toulouse School of Economics, Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics at Princeton; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; Bob Watson, former IPCC Chair; Jean Jouzel, IPCC Group I Chair; and Laurence Tubiana, Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, amongst others.

You can view a video of 2013's event here:

Alliance Summer School in Science and Policy 2013 from Sciences Po on Vimeo.

Last Year's Speakers

We had 15 fantastic speakers for our Summer School last year! Click here to learn more!

Laurence Tubiana

Professor, Sciences Po Paris and Professor, Columbia University
Founder and Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council

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John C Mutter

Professor of International and Public Affairs
Director of Graduate Studies, PhD in Sustainable Development
Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Columbia University

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Christian Gollier

Professor and Director of the Toulouse School of Economics
Visiting Professor, Columbia University

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