2010 Global Sustainability Summer School-Projects & Working Groups

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2010 Global Sustainability Summer School


Land use transition - Dana, Eli, Jeananne, John, Veronica

Agent Based Models of Collective Action - Caleb, Hitesh, Hongtao, Jackman, Shirley, Maria, and Tanya

Communities and Knowledge - Donatella, Christina, Yao, Carolina, Anita, Cecilia, Maria, Tess

Unfiltered Project Ideas

1. Interaction between levels of social hierarchy in policy making
2. Policy networks collective action
3. How to help communities to be more sustainable considering physical constraints (e.g. water, power) and the role of local policy makers
4. Modeling policy instruments to assist in lowering aggregate rate of consumption
5. Find a framework for trade offs between ecosystem services
6. Conservation strategies that include ecosystem services in their strategies
7. Applying the New Medievalism concept to sustainability analysis of communities, national parks, and ecosystems
8. What measures are needed to monitor and understand community well being?
9. Complex systems methods for sustainability
10. How can we compare various energy option to determine most appropriate technologies?
11. making research findings applied - for decision makers, communities, and others
12. Using agent-based modeling to help identify "voice"/"value" of local people in developing countries for sustainable water resource management
13. Globalization and sustainability
14. Preparing for the 2012 United Nations conference on sustainable development (Rio +20)
15. Human drive to social order and environmental sustainability - complementary or mutually self-destructive?
16. Human-natural couple systems
17. Sustainability and resilience of large scale social systems
18. website/book on ecologic footprint of personal choices (e.g. paper versus plastic if you forget your shopping bags)
19. How far can a cradle to cradle philosophy take us toward sustainability
20. Models of sustainable innovation/invention
21. Agent models to better identify effective policy levers for increasing sustainability
22. "Sustainable" living means contracted mobility (transportation, food, economic)
23. Feedbacks between land-use decisions/practices and landscape change
24. How does community design influence local and global sustainability
25. Feedbacks in speculative economic behavior in land use and land use transitions
26. How to fee 9 million people in a world impacted by climate change? Land use transformations.
27. Physical landscape implications of food-system structures
28. Looking at the impact of large scale alternative energy projects on local weather
29. Impact of biofuels on displacing wildlife populations
30. Markets, natural resources, and inequality
31. Human cooperation and common natural resources
32. Gender family and climate change
33. What's reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation - REDD going to do and not do regarding poverty alleviation and real emissions reductions
34. Role of food and energy in strengthening rural economies
35. Indigenous management of natural resources in global markets
36. Energy (power) systems scaling and sustainability 37. What is the most appropriate (and sustainable) use of biomass resources (e.g. transportation fuels, idustrial feedstocks, enerergy)? What about food?
38. Energy technology deployment and diffusion
39. Transformation of the energy system
40. Energy technology innovation
41. Prediction of level of future adoption of various energy types
42. Energy economics
43. Communicating impact of power decision to consumers
44. Electric vehicles
45. Renewable energy sources. Decentralized solar and wind
46. Energy
47. Energy and water systems
48. Community education for universal/global problems
49. Smale/middle scale solution to make one's life more environmentally friendly and at the same time improve well-being of people (families communities) in developing countries (countries in transition)
50. Climate cooperation - between entities such as individuals, institutions, and states
51. Emerging carbon markets in the US West
52. Pragmatic policies to solve the climate crisis without creating new, even worse, problems
53. Preparing for the road to UNFCCC-COP 17 in South Africa (CDM, REDD, climate justice, markets)
54. Equity and climate change
55. Sustainability as a social organization system
56. Change in attitude and habits
57. Societal transitions/transformations - social tipping points - historic perspective and dynamic, systemic perspective