Past Seminars

We have been honored to host visiting researchers who are experts from diverse fields, and to feature the work being undertaken here at the University of Utah. Explore below to see the history of the GCSC seminar series.

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  • Divya Chandrasekhar, City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
    “A grassroots view of disaster recovery”
    How communities recover from disasters, the interactions underlying this recovery, and what it means to be disaster resilient in a complex, uncertain and unjust world.    Read more here
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
  • Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies at UC Davis
    “Interdisciplinarity, Intersectionality and Environmental Justice: The Time is Now ”
    What role can colleges and universities in particular, and specific fields (sustainability, environmental policy, etc.)  play in addressing climate and other crises?     Read more here
OCTOBER 13, 2020
  • Daniel Mendoza, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah
    “The confluence of air quality, urban development, health, and social justice”
    Read more here
NOVEMBER 10, 2020
  • Sarah Hinners, Director, Center for Ecological Planning + Design, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
    “Campus as a Living Lab: Embedded Research for Sustainability Innovation in the Built Environment”
     Read more here
DECEMBER 1, 2020
  • Joan Nassauer, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan
    “Cues to care in socio-hydro-ecological systems”
    This talk will describe how mechanisms for the effectiveness of cues to care relate to properties of socio-hydro-ecological systems as exemplified by a transdisciplinary green stormwater infrastructure project in Detroit, MI, USA.
    Read more here
february 2, 2021
  • Steven Burian, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, U Water Center, University of Utah.
    "Catalyzing Higher Education Capacity to Advance Water Security in Pakistan"
february 9, 2021
february 16, 2021
  • Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Research Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Wilson Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    "The New Maritime Arctic: Changing Access, Global Connections and Geopolitics" Read more.
february 23, 2021
  • Mercedes Pascual, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, The University of Chicago
    "Changing climate and vector-borne infections: some challenges of scale" Read more.
march 9, 2021
  • Mary Miss, artist
    "City as Living Laboratory (CALL): Artists+Scientists+Communities"
    CALL works to advance the role of artists in making cities more livable and resilient. This seminar will discuss projects that help people connect environmental challenges to personal experience and take action.
march 16, 2021
  • Adrienne Cachelin, Professor (Lecturer), Environmental & Sustainability Studies, U Utah
    Nalini Nadkarni, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, U Utah
    Austin Green, PhD candidate in the School of Biological Sciences, U Utah
    “Citizen Scientists or Scientist Citizens: Exploring Research-based Inclusive Public Engagement” 
    Read more.   This seminar will not be recorded.
March 23, 2021
  • Pamela McElwee, Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University
    "Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia in a Post-COVID Era"   Read more.
    Co-sponsored with the Asia Center.  
  • View students' presentations and posters here.
april 6, 2021
  • Asia Dowtin, Assistant Professor of Urban and Community Forestry, Michigan State University
    "Linking Water, Trees, and Stakeholders in the Urban Forest"  Read more.
April 13, 2021
  • Liliana Caughman, Faculty, Native Environmental Science, Northwest Indian College
    "From Climate Action to Climate Justice: How scenarios, partnerships, and community priorities are driving equitable urban sustainability and resilience planning in Portland, Oregon"
    Read more.
April 20, 2021