The PhD program in ERS is devoted to understanding and pursuing sustainability in a dynamic and complex world, and to considering and integrating understanding across disciplines and scales from the organism to the planet.
Three broad conceptual themes guide the design and delivery of the ERS PhD program:
* assessing the theoretical foundations and practical implications of progress towards sustainable societies, and application of this analysis as a broad context for specific work in particular situations;
* understanding socio-ecological interrelations as dynamic complex systems vulnerable to being over-stressed by human activities; and
* examining conventional and alternative social arrangements, including institutions and governance, as means of improving human wellbeing and environmental responsibility.
Within this general orientation, faculty and student research can be focused on quite specific topics but always with attention to the larger context of social and ecological systems and to the normative sustainability objectives within which the topics are embedded. Students pursue topics of particular interest to them, with guidance from faculty members and other people with appropriate experience.
Fields of Study
The program is transdisciplinary, integrating perspectives and insights from the natural and social sciences and the humanities. ERS does not divide itself into distinct specializations. Our teaching and research does, however, emphasize work in three overlapping fields:
* Resource Analysis and Stewardship. This field concerns an analysis of existing resource systems as well as creative and innovative ways of utilizing the earth’s resources in a sustainable fashion.
* Socio-Ecosystem Function and Renewal. This field concerns ways to apply our knowledge of ecological systems towards renewing human relationships with the broader environment.
* Sustainability Policy and Governance. This field concerns existing and new forms of governance and policy with respect to sustaining healthy and resilient human communities and biophysical systems.
While the ERS PhD program helps to develop specialist understanding of particular considerations in the social and physical sciences within the three fields outlined above, the students will also be encouraged to think more deeply about why they are conducting specific research and how it fits in the broader realm of human life and decision making. Each of the fields includes a normative element that demands attention to purposes and underlying positions on how we ought to live on this planet.
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Información adicional: Admissions Successful applicants must hold a Master’s degree with distinction (typically an overall average of at least A-), or the equivalent. We are interested in applicants from a broad array of fields and combinations of fields, including but not limited to the following: anthropology, biology, business, economics, communications, English, ecology, environmental studies, geography, planning, political science, engineering, sociology, and earth science. Beyond specialized training, most incoming students will have experience in a variety of fields of study and application. The program aims to provide the greatest possible flexibility for students to pursue a PhD that reflects both their previous training and their long-term intellectual vision. Graduates While our graduates will have specialized knowledge, they will leave here not chiefly as biologists, ecologists, sociologists, geographers or political scientists, but as scholars with access to a variety of intellectual and practical tools needed to address complex environmental issues and problems. This reflects the commitment of ERS faculty to the need for novel and advanced approaches to environmental research that mirror the transdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. More Information More detailed information on ERS and its faculty members is accessible at http://www.env.uwaterloo.ca/ers For more information on the new doctoral program, contact Prof. Robert B. Gibson, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, ERS at email@example.com For more information on application requirements, see the University of Waterloo Graduate Studies website at http://www.grad.uwaterloo.ca/
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