Research Methods for Sustainable Development

The focus of this year's Alliance workshop series is a timely one.

May 30, 2017

As our summer calendar fills up, the Alliance Graduate Summer School particpants have arrived to begin their intensive weeklong workshop series, an annual event at the Paris Center since 2012.

The program began as a student-led initiative in in an effort to promote interdisciplinary exchanges between doctoral and masters students researching the nexus of science and policy at Alliance institutions. The Summer School brings together world-class professors, industry experts and PhD students for the exchange of ideas, intellectual discourse, and joint-learning opportunities through a mixture of guest speakers and workshops.

The focus this year is on research methods for Sustainable Development and their application in economics, natural science and policy, with particular concentration on remote sensing, network analysis and high-resolution data. Participants will learns to apply spatial analysis tools (such as Google Earth Engine) and data visualization softwares. Examples will be drawn from various topics, including remote sensing in oceanography, land use, air pollution and urban systems; network analytics in spatial economics, behavioral research and ecological systems; and Big Data from continuous monitoring and smart meters.

Speakers this year include Jeffrey D. Sachs, John C. Mutter, Nuria Olivier, Muhammad Adeel, Emmanouil Tranos and Pietro Ceccato.