PhD Degree in Sustainability in North America

Compare PhD Programs in Sustainability in North America 2017

Sustainability

The PhD can vary depending on the institution and country in which it is awarded. Most scholars pursue a PhD because of strong motivation to contribute to the academic community as well as true curiosity about their chosen field of study. 

 

A PhD in sustainability does not just focus on sustainability practices, but it teaches students to explore their own areas of interest. It is often a student and teacher based course with a focus that is decided upon by both. It often involves research and in-depth understanding of a specific area of sustainability.

From indigenous civilizations to modern day empires, North America has plenty of hands-on educational opportunities to offer scholars. Filled with a range of distinct cultures, students can educate themselves in well-rounded way.

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PhD in Sustainability

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Rochester

The Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers [+]

Doctorate Programs in Sustainability in North America 2017. This Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. Coursework and research takes a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginal positive impacts. Students will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous research centers, including GIS’ National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) , an internationally-recognized leader for applied research in remanufacturing, the Center for Sustainable Production (CSP) dedicated to enhancing the environmental and economic performance of products and processes, the Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) focused on the evaluation of environmental and economic impacts of alternative fuel and vehicle propulsion technologies, the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center (SMS) that develops technologies for optimal life-cycle design, management, and modernization of large equipment systems, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) focused on enhancing the development and implementation of pollution prevention techniques, and the NanoPower Research Labs (NPRL) dedicated to the creation and utilization of nano devices and materials for power generation and storage. ... [-]

PhD in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. [+]

A one-time $5000 scholarship is available to newly admitted students in the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Program for Fall 2015. We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time. One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to Earthly life. Questions about the role and meaning of the human have illuminated religious quests for millennia; these same questions inspire the contemporary search for ecological sustainability. The concentration in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at CIIS is designed to help students to address these and related questions with rigor, insight, and efficacy. Taking inspiration from such visionaries as geologian Thomas Berry; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; systems theorist Joanna Macy; Nobel Laureate and Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai; World Resources Institute founder Gus Speth; Forum on Religion and Ecology founders Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim; and many other leading thinkers, the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion concentration invites students into an emerging discussion in which they will generate new knowledge, contributing to a growing field of academic inquiry and activism. Through the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion concentration in the Philosophy and Religion department at CIIS, master's and doctoral students explore the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religion in understanding and responding to interconnected global ecological crises. They gain facility with ecological principles and practices. They develop the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological devastation from healing integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. Students acquire skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing future. The program's uniquely integrated curriculum explores such questions as: What is the role of religion, spirituality, and culture in the ecological crises of our time? What ecological insights does the world's religious heritage offer? How can explore worldviews help to understand and address ecological trauma? [-]

PhD in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. [+]

Doctorate Programs in Sustainability in North America 2017. The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. You have a choice of three emphases: Earth and Planetary Systems Climate and Environmental Change Engineering Sustainable Systems Admissions Admissions requirements for this graduate program: Preference is given to students with a graduate degree from an accredited college or university of recognized standing in geology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, environmental policy & sustainability, engineering, ecology, forestry, planetary sciences or a closely related field. Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is a 4.0 = A) GRE General Test Emphases Our program will reach across the applied and basic sciences and environmental policy and engineering solutions by focusing on three emphases, outlined below. Earth and Planetary Systems This emphasis will prepare you to pursue research and educational opportunities that: 1) Advance knowledge in the critical areas for society of energy, natural resources and water, and natural hazards, 2) continue the cutting edge research currently being done on the Earth and Planets, and 3) apply this knowledge in areas that bridge between the geosciences and physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology. The focus area in Earth and Planetary Systems will train and educate future leaders in areas of industry with growing demands (e.g., natural resources and energy), and in government agencies that require PhD-level researchers to inform policy decisions on some of the largest problems facing society. Climate and Environmental Change The Climate and Environmental Change emphasis is designed to develop research and educational skills that: 1) advance new understandings of the natural climate variability, 2) improve projections of climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and their hydrological and geological underpinnings (i.e. the landscape), and 3) apply this knowledge to informing policy decisions about how best to manage natural resources under changing climate and related environmental stresses. It combines the long-term perspective from geological archives with process-oriented investigations of today, with the goal of integrating a field-based understanding of natural systems into predictive models to support sustainable resource management in the face of climate change. Engineering Sustainable Systems The goals of this emphasis are to develop research and educational skills that: 1) advance engineering analysis and applications relevant to sustainable development, 2) improve the efficiency and effectiveness of engineering processes, products, and education, and 3) understand and apply their knowledge in the sustainability contexts of economic viability, environmental compatibility and sustainability, societal impacts and policy development and implications. The Engineering Sustainable Systems emphasis is designed for the engineer interested in an understanding of the economic, societal and environmental implications of engineering systems. You will have a strong background in engineering enhanced by understanding future sustainability of our environment, and will be prepared for careers in academia, industry, and governmental organizations. [-]

Environmental Science Ph.D.

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The doctorate in environmental sciences aims at the development and integration of knowledge in several multidisciplinary fields grouped under the overall theme of the analysis of the dynamics of environmental relations. [+]

The doctorate in environmental sciences aims at the development and integration of knowledge in several multidisciplinary fields grouped under the overall theme of the analysis of the dynamics of environmental relations. environmental biotechnology Cycle and water quality basic and applied ecology Atmospheric sciences and ocean Geomorphology and land use Environmental Toxicology Program Structure The Environmental Science PhD is offered in conjunction with UQAC, UQAM and UQTR. The program includes the writing of a dissertation of 60 credits to deepen a subject in an area of ​​specialization in environmental sciences. Program Structure The Environmental Science PhD is offered in conjunction with UQAC, UQAM and UQTR. The program includes the writing of a dissertation of 60 credits to deepen a subject in an area of ​​specialization in environmental sciences. Research topics Geomorphology and geography of coastal areas Quantification and modeling of coastal hazards (coastal erosion processes, flooding, landslides) Reconstruction and projection of rising sea levels and analysis of its effects on coastal areas Program of measurements and modeling of coastal ice cover, water levels and waves and analysis of their effects on the evolution of coastlines the vulnerability study of communities and coastal infrastructure to hazards in a changing climate Analysis of adaptation options for coastal communities to coastal risks Development of tools to increase the resilience of coastal communities in a context of integrated coastal zone management environmental monitoring networks in Québec maritime coasts Geomorphology and dynamics of slopes Study of slope processes: rockfall, landslide, debris flow, torrential activity, avalanches, ice blocks fall Analysis and prevention of natural hazards in mountain Impact of climate variables and hydrogeological flows (with phase change, including melting permafrost) on the stability and erosion of rock masses Geomorphology and fluvial dynamics Study of dynamic ice in rivers Assessment of sedimentary and timber balances in river systems surface water and groundwater interactions analysis in floodplains Development of the concept of freedom of space waterways Quantifying the interactions between the structure of flows, sediment transport and the development of forms on the bed of rivers Geochemistry of coastal hydrogéosystèmes Study connectivity between groundwater and the coastal ocean Quantification of fluxes biogéchimiques and transfers continent - ocean Examination of the hydrogeological and biogeochemical processes in coastal systems Territory Development Development and management of resources Interrelations development - development social and environmental impacts of development interventions utilities and qualitative aspects of such development Archaeology and Heritage environmental archeology, landscape evolution and human-environment relationships Archeogeography: evolution of territories maritime heritage and coastal analysis Development of archaeological, cultural and natural heritage resources environmental Remote sensing Improved remote sensing satellite waters properties Impacts of climate change on arctic and subarctic environments flow study biogeochemical ocean-continent using optical tools Nordicity an axis of excellence in research at UQAR UQAR is dedicated to the study of the Far North and low cold latitudes, known as the nordicity. This research brings together researchers interested in northern environments from an interdisciplinary perspective around closely complementary disciplines, including biology, ecology, chemistry and geography, human or physical, cold environments. Their research aims to better understand the functioning of continental environments in cold climates, so as to meet the major challenges in the field of conservation and sustainable management. The evolution of continental northern environments in the context of global change and relations between Northern environments and human societies are among the prominent issues. What is geography? Geography integrates the natural sciences and the humanities. It aims to understand how natural environments influence human activities, but also how societies adapt, use and modify these settings. Environmental issues are therefore at the heart of the field of study of geography. This discipline is also interested in all aspects of integrated management of territories and their resources. For this, it uses methods and efficient tools for the collection, processing and analysis of geographic information (GIS, remote sensing, photo interpretation, field campaigns, etc.). At UQAR, human geography and physical geography come together to tackle issues, for example, geohazards, regional planning and sustainable development. OBJECTIVES The program of scientific kind, aims at the development and integration of knowledge in five multidisciplinary fields of specialization in environmental sciences, grouped under the overall theme of the analysis of the dynamics of environmental relations. It also aims at training researchers and top researchers, subject specialists in environmental sciences, able to formulate a research problem, to establish a strategy to study and perform with autonomy original research meeting to criteria of excellence as part of a research program within one or other of the following five fields: basic and applied ecology; methodology of the environment; environmental biotechnology; cycle and water quality; Environmental Toxicology and Applied Science at the workplace. In addition, this program aims to train scientists capable of transcending disciplinary boundaries, establishing interfaces with other disciplines of Environmental Sciences, and aware of the dynamic interdependencies environment. The program offered by UQAR is a program in association with UQAC, UQAM and UQTR. [-]