Santiago Center Co-sponsors 10th Annual Alliance Graduate Summer School

July 01, 2021

The Santiago Center co-sponsored the 10th annual Alliance Program Graduate Summer School, which this year had a particular focus on inequality and the environment, with applications to public policy, social science and natural science.

“We considered the Summer School a success. It was attended by more than 30 students from all over the world, featuring presentations by eight researchers, including the Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz,” said Roberto Zúñiga, a first-year student of Columbia’s PhD in Sustainable Development at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and one of the event organizers.

“This year, we had two Chilean students apart from me - Inti Lefort and Rubén Calvo - in addition to several Latin Americans. For future versions of the School we hope to strengthen this participation, with professors from the region also participating,” he added.

Founded in 2002, the Alliance Program is a joint academic venture between Columbia University and three French institutions: École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Its mission is to encourage educational and research connections among the four partner institutions. This year the summer school was held online during the month of May.

First-year students of Columbia’s PhD in Sustainable Development plan the Alliance Graduate Summer School with the goal of bringing together early career researchers from a wide range of disciplines to learn about and discuss the most pressing environmental issues.

SIPA’s PhD program in Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary doctoral program where students perform research at the intersection of social and natural sciences on topics pertaining to environmental issues and critical policy areas.