The Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD)

March 24, 2023 to March 25, 2023
Friday, March 23, 8:30am-8:30pm, and Saturday March 24, 9:30am-5:10pm


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Welcome to IPWSD 2023!  We are excited to bring you the 14th annual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development.

The sustainability of development presents some of the most important policy challenges concerning the future of our planet. None of these central issues can be understood from the sole perspective of a traditional discipline, whether in the social, natural, engineering or health sciences. The IPWSD provides a forum for young researchers working at the intersection between human development and the environment to present, receive feedback on, and discuss their research work. It also aims to foster a network among students pursuing research across disciplines generating a broader interdisciplinary dialogue around sustainable development.

The workshop is targeted at PhD candidates who seek feedback on their research. Participants should expect to present for 20 minutes with plenty of room for discussion. Students in the dissertation stage of their PhD will be given priority for presentation slots, though advanced masters students and post-docs are also encouraged to apply. Some slots will also be available for participants who do not wish to present but who are likely to provide valuable feedback to presenters. In the past, participants have included students from university departments in economics, earth and environmental sciences, ecology, political science, engineering, epidemiology, and geography. Besides presentations, there will be at least one keynote address by a leading researcher in the field of sustainable development (name TBA), as well as a roundtable discussion on the challenges and chances of interdisciplinary work.

There is no fee for participating in the event and light breakfast & lunches will be provided. This year, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of need-based travel scholarships in line with the Sustainable Development Doctoral Society’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse academic community. For up to 10 participants we can support expenses for bus, train, and flight tickets with up to $500. Please indicate in the application form if you wish to be considered for need-based travel funding to allow your in-person participation.

Applications for IPWSD 2023 are now closed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the planning committee at

We look forward to seeing you this spring!

The Fourteenth IPWSD Planning Committee.


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