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What is Global Sustainable Development?

The United Nations defines Global Sustainable Development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

The world’s population is predicted to grow from six to nine billion between the years 2000 to 2050, with the next few decades predicted to witness significant transformations in economic growth, international relations, human development, biodiversity, human health, and social justice.

Employers and policy makers increasingly need graduates who can consider these national and global challenges from different perspectives, understand their complexity and engage competently with a variety of approaches and potential solutions.

Our Global Sustainable Development degrees address the key issues that all the world’s nations have identified as central to our future. They equip you with the expertise, skills and knowledge that enable you to contribute meaningfully to the debates about these big problems, so that you can make a real difference to the world.

Find out what our courses can offer by checking out the Degree Overview and Course Structure sections on this website, as well as listening to our GSD Radio Podcast.


Fri 23 Jun '17
New Undergraduate Degree in Global Sustainable Development

The University has approved a brand new BASc single honours course in Global Sustainable Development to be launched in October 2018.

Building upon the success of the existing joint degree courses and taking account of feedback received from current and prospective students, this new course allows students to study in-depth the issues around Global Sustainable Development that concern them most.

Find out more about the course structure on our webpage.

Mon 08 May '17
Warwick research: Believe you can stop climate change and you will

If we believe that we can personally help stop climate change with individual actions – such as turning the thermostat down – then we are more likely to make a difference, according to research from the University of Warwick

Fri 17 Feb '17
Countering the Courgette Crisis

Dr Rosemary Collier, director of the Warwick Crop Centre and academic lead on food – one of our Global Research Priorities – shares how our research is looking at ways of improving existing UK vegetable and fruit crops as well as looking for completely new ones.

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