• Fall 2020 Schedule
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The schedule is kept in the broader MUSE calendar here.

All workshops in Fall 2020 are online. Please contact for the Zoom link if you are interested.

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

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.

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)