About Us

The Global Change and Sustainability Center facilitates interactions among scientists, creative researchers, engineers, and policymakers who are interested in understanding the complex challenges and dynamics in both natural and human-built ecosystems.

What is the GCSC?

The center is an interdisciplinary hub catalyzing research on global change and sustainability. We do this through a variety of strategic actions, including creating opportunities for researchers to engage with one another, supporting faculty research efforts, supporting student research, training and professional development, and more.

GCSC-affiliated faculty have noted research strengths in water, air, climate, ecological dynamics, environmental change, humans and their environment, energy, food systems, and environmental policy and law.


In 2009, united by a shared interest in interdisciplinary research and graduate training, faculty from four colleges founded the Global Change and Ecosystem Center, with the goal of bridging colleges, departments, and disciplines to promote environmental research and training.

The center initially included ~20 faculty from four colleges. Membership has expanded continuously, and the affiliated colleges today represent a broad spectrum of faculty interested in sustainability, dynamics and adaptation in ecological systems, climate systems, and interrelated impacts between global changes and society. To better reflect the range of interests, in April 2012, the name was changed to the Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC). In today’s organizational structure, the GCSC is the research arm of the University of Utah’s Sustainability Office.

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