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Spring/Summer 2021

Workshops will be held every second Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm EST. Please contact Kyle Bushick ( for the Zoom link if you are interested.

This spring and summer, we are trying something new with the MUSE Workshop – writing a research paper!

Based on survey and focus group data collected during this year’s MUSE conference, we are preparing to write a paper on existing barriers and potential solutions for graduate researchers engaging in interdisciplinary research. Our goal is to use the biweekly MUSE Workshops as the venue for the paper writing process, with a draft submitted to a sustainability science journal in September. Sound intriguing? We would love for you to join us as a co-author!

A tentative work schedule is attached below, to give a sense of the plan and pacing. Due to the constraints of writing a paper, there will be an expectation to attend a majority of the workshop sessions, though we understand that a certain degree of flexibility will be necessary given folks’ other commitments. As you can see, our first meeting will be April 8th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm (EDT). All are more than welcome to join for the first workshop session before committing to participating in the workshop more broadly.

MUSE Project Description:

The study aims to identify barriers and solutions to conducting interdisciplinary environment and sustainability research, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of early-career researchers. The respondent group of interest is sustainability and environment researchers at the Masters, doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels, as well as staff, who are affiliated with the University of Michigan and conduct research relating to sustainability and environment. Respondents will be recruited through the registration form for the Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) Initiative’s 2021 Annual Conference. Data will be collected from respondents using an online questionnaire and guided focus group discussions. The objective of collecting data from these respondents is to understand barriers and identify solutions to conducting interdisciplinary sustainability and environment research. Results from this study will be used to inform junior sustainability and environment scholars’ strategies for engaging in interdisciplinary research.


DateWorkshop contentMain goals
4/8- Overview of project - Discussion: specific circumstances of graduate students - Overview of working groups- Establish working groups
4/22WORKING GROUPS (1h30 working, 30mins report out): - Introduction - Barriers - Solutions- Establish timeline within each working group - Barriers + Solutions work together, develop common protocol - Begin lit review
5/6WORKING GROUPS (1h30 working, 30mins report out): - Introduction - Barriers - Solutions- Write introduction - Barriers + Solutions work separately - Analysis of abstracts, focus groups, survey results
5/20WORKING GROUPS (1h30 working, 30mins report out): - Introduction - Barriers - Solutions- Barriers + Solutions work separately - Analysis of abstracts, focus groups, survey results
6/3WORKING GROUPS (1h30 working, 30mins report out): - Introduction - Barriers - Solutions- Analysis of abstracts, focus groups, survey results
6/17WORKING GROUPS (1h30 working, 30mins report out): - Introduction - Barriers - Solutions- Write/refine narrative - Develop tables and figures
7/1WORKING GROUPS: Synthesis- Write/refine narrative - Develop tables and figures - Elect lead author/editor (if needed)
7/15WORKING GROUPS: Synthesis- Finalize narrative - Finalize tables and figures
7/29Finalize draft, create plan for circulation- Circulate to MUSE faculty ambassadors, MUSE Network
8/12Integrate interim feedback
8/26Prepare draft for submission

Bringing together emerging sustainability scholars university-wide to discuss the latest research and share ideas

Our workshops bring together an interdisciplinary group of sustainability-oriented graduate students to provide a space for stimulating intellectual conversation, applying new skills and receiving feedback on one’s own work, and broadening knowledge and perspectives. The workshops also provide a space for developing interdisciplinary collaborations and social connections with like-minded graduate students.

Workshops meet bi-weekly for two hours. In Fall 2020, we are trialing a new format, which aims to support graduate students to develop individualized “sustainability research philosophies” as a tool for personal professional development. We will cover one topic of general relevance to sustainability research in each workshop and work toward publishing a synthesis piece in the peer-reviewed literature by the end of the year.

Each session will feature a 30-minute presentation by the invited speaker, followed by a facilitated group discussion and example application of the topic or skill to sustainability research. Following discussion and idea generation, participants will have 45 minutes to apply the topic or skill to their own research through a facilitated activity. In the final 15 minutes of the session, participants will report back to the group on their experiences with the exercise.

Thanks to Rackham for their continued support of our Interdisciplinary Workshop. You can find out more about RIWs here.

Fall 2020

Systems thinking for sustainability research

Tim Williams (Industrial & Operations Engineering), Stefania Almazán-Casali (Environment & Sustainability), and Zachary Gersten (Nutritional Sciences)

Thursday September 24, 4:00-6:00pm

Decolonizing sustainability research

Nathalie Lambrecht (Nutritional Sciences)

Thursday October 8, 4:00-6:00pm

Community-driven approaches to sustainability research

Faith Ashmore (Environment & Sustainability), Sarah Collins (Environment & Sustainability)

Thursday October 22, 4:00-6:00pm

Intersections between health and sustainability (planetary health)

Elizabeth Ludwig-Borycz (Nutritional Sciences), Emily Johnson (Medical School)

Thursday November 5, 4:00-6:00pm

Incorporating equity into sustainability research

Annie Moore (Environment & Sustainability)

Thursday November 19, 4:00-6:00pm

Role of technology in sustainability research

Julia Lenef (Materials Science & Engineering)

Thursday December 3, 4:00-6:00pm

Sustainability research and global change

Zijun Li (Environment & Sustainability)

Thursday December 17, 4:00-6:00pm

Winter 2020

Creating Markets and Entrepreneurs to Address Social Problems: Learning from the Development of Clean Cookstove and Fuel Markets in East Africa Diana Jue-Rajasingh, Business and Sociology (bio) Friday, January 24, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Haven 5664)

Land Grabs: A Threat to Socio-environmental Viability? Tim Williams, Industrial and Operations Engineering (bio) Friday, February 14, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Haven 5664)

Shifts in Farmers’ Perceptions and Management of Crop Diversity at Different Stages of Agroecological Transition Anne Elise Stratton, Environment and Sustainability (bio) Friday, February 28, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Haven 5664)

Designers are Not Neutral: Considering Designer Context in Engineering Design Suzanne Chou, Mechanical Engineering (bio) Friday, March 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (hosted online due to coronavirus:

Situating LGBTQ Care in Detroit: Climate Justice, Green Gentrification, & Queer Eco-criticism Kathryn Berringer, Anthropology and Social Work (bio) Friday, March 27, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (

Presenting Model Results: Bridging Your Research Needs with Providing Useful Information to Stakeholders Stefania Almazan, Environment and Sustainability (bio) Friday, April 10, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (

Impact of the Acoustic Environments on Emotions and Well-being Alaa Algargoosh, Architecture (bio) Friday, April 24, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (

“Big data” for Evaluating Urban Resiliency Tessa Swanson, Industrial and Operations Engineering (bio) Friday, May 8, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Haven 5664)