About the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program

We live in an era when the pace and scope of global change – including forces such as population growth, resource scarcity, urbanization, migration, and economic development – increasingly impact all of us as individuals, from our health and security to our environment and economic well-being. This complex web of the global and local has led the Wilson Center to create an overarching initiative that combines the ongoing efforts of the Environmental Change and Security ProgramChina Environment Forum, Global Health Initiative, and Comparative Urban Studies Project. This Global Resilience and Sustainability Program will integrate and build upon their already substantial contributions to the field. more

The Latest from the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

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April 23, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
On April 23, the Managing the Planet series will bring together a panel to discuss efforts to increase resilience for both natural and human systems. more
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Aging and Security: What Can Governments Do About Falling Birth Rates?

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April 17, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Through historical case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, "The Other Population Crisis" explores the motivations, politics, programming, and consequences of national efforts to promote higher birthrates. more

Environmental Pressures on China’s Changing Cities and Countryside

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April 23, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China’s urban and rural areas are rapidly changing and are facing dire resource constraints. Cities and countryside both contribute to and are vulnerable to water pollution and scarcity, particularly in China’s dry north. At this CEF meeting, speakers will provide a comparative perspective of pollution, drought, and development challenges in China’s metropolitan and rural areas, particularly in the Gobi Desert region. more

Odessa: Ukrainian port that inspired big dreams

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Apr 16, 2014
Tensions have been rising in many corners of Ukraine as the threat of a Russian intervention looms. Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa is one such corner of dispute between Moscow and Kiev, where macro-battles have been transformed into a seemingly endless chain of micro-conflicts. more
Webcast

Choke Point: India

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Apr 10, 2014
What happens when the world’s second most populous nation reaches an energy, food, and water choke point? Asia Program Associate Michael Kugelman discusses India's looming resource shortages. more

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Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
  • Jennifer L. Turner // Director, China Environment Forum
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Thea Cooke // Program Assistant
  • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Allison Garland // Program Associate, Urban Sustainability Laboratory
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Susan Chan Shifflett // Program Associate, China Environment Forum