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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.

Thu 12 Oct '17
'Beyond the Foodbank?' An Expert Panel Discussion

25 October 6-8pm

University of Warwick, Oculus Building, OC0.02


Kayleigh Garthwaite, author of the award-winning book ‘Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain’

Simon Shaw, who leads Sustain’s work on food poverty at national, regional and local levels

Clara Widdison, national growth manager for Community Shop.

Places are free but limited. Please register here

Tue 10 Oct '17
Warwick Sustainability Summit 2017

The Warwick Sustainability Summit brings together students and staff with a passion for environmental sustainability. Through this event we aim to encourage different groups to collaborate on projects outside their specific fields. It's a chance to learn more about how the University, and everyone associated with it, are working towards making our campus just that little bit more sustainable.

It's also an opportunity for students or staff to share their own ideas, with the potential for support and funding from the Environmental Sustainability Fund.

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