Center for Global Development and Sustainability

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Interdisciplinary, Multinational

The Center for Global Development and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary and multinational group that advances scholarship and applied research on problems of vulnerability in developing countries as well as in advanced economies. Its core faculty and affiliated researchers include those from varied disciplines of the natural and social sciences, development studies and the humanities. GDS engages in partnerships in the U.S. and throughout the world that build understanding and expand capacity for sustainable and emancipatory development.

Program on Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods

A grandmother and her grandchildren plant a tree in a drought-stricken rural area of West Bengal, India. © 2009 Kingshuk Chakravarty, Courtesy of PhotoshareThe Program on Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods aims to develop adaptation, resilience and sustainable livelihood options for marginal and vulnerable societies and communities in developing and emerging middle-income countries. Working in collaboration with regional partners, the group seeks to achieve its objectives through applied empirical research and by linking national and regional climate change researchers to globally respected scientific expertise. At the program’s inaugural meeting in 2014, GDS established the Applied Knowledge and Intervention Network of collaborating institutions in West and East Africa, North East and South Asia to develop resilience and sustainable livelihood options as well as ensure food security for vulnerable communities. Our work in this area is focused on linking research to effective policy and practical measures that assist communities to develop needed adaptations.

Program on Social Exclusion

A man from the Nairobi slum of Korogocho hefts his last bag of trash for the day in hopes of selling the mostly rubber scraps for $.50 USD. © 2012 Micah Albert / Pulitzer Center, Courtesy of PhotoshareProgram on Social Exclusion advances research and scholarship on the barriers that still block large groups from meaningful participation in economic growth in both developing and advanced economies. The program examines societal influences that aid or constrain inclusive policies including attitudes toward race, ethnicity, caste and tribal identity, gender, sexual orientation and religious tradition, and promotes global dialogue to promote inclusion. The program has initiated research and dialogue on how religion is both a powerful social force as well as an essential structure for giving meaning to the very idea of development and progress, and also how it can be utilized and manipulated to consolidate a repressive status quo.

Conference on Religion, Caste, and Social Justice in South Asia

The third annual international conference on the unfinished legacy of Dr B.R. Ambedkar

April 28 – April 30, 2017 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
The Center for Global Development and Sustainability (GDS) invites you to join scholars, policy makers, practitioners, students, and the public for two and a half days of panels, presentations, networking and social events around these pressing issues in India and South Asia. REGISTER NOW.

Read the GDS Newsletter

GDS is actively engaged with critical issues of development. See our current newsletter for summaries of selected projects. This issue includes among others a brief on our Bi-National Feasibility Study and Pilot Program in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on vector controls to reduce the incidence of dengue fever.


Videos are now available of the Symposium on Annihilation of Caste: The Unfinished Legacy of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, held in May 2015 at the GDS Center. See list of speakers including GDS Visiting Scholar Sukhadeo Thorat (ICSSR), Prof. William Darity (Duke), Brandeis Professors Laurence Simon, Rajesh Sampath, Andreas Teuber and GDS researchers Tanoj Meshram and Nilambar Nayak among others.

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