Units in the GPS Alliance

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC)

The ICGC seeks to foster an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community of faculty and graduate students committed to studying global change, especially as seen in the global south; addressing issues of peace, conflict, security, social and environmental change, justice, human rights, development and international cooperation. The study of these issues is also extended to the United States and other developed countries.

Research and training focus on four major themes:

  • War and peace in historical context, represented by national and global security issues
  • Global governance and transnational norms
  • Environmental sustainability and social justice
  • Production, performance and representation of identities

The ICGC Program provides intellectual and financial support for over 100 graduate and professional students in several colleges of the University of Minnesota. The Program also provides enabling grants to graduate and professional students for international internships and pre-dissertation fieldwork in the global south as part of their training programs. Interdisciplinary faculty-student seminars and workshop series are organized around major theoretical, comparative, and methodological issues related to the developing world; and formal public lectures and informal discussion series are presented by scholars, policy makers, and activists addressing issues related to themes of the Program.

ICGC offers a graduate minor program in Development Studies and Social Change (DSSC) as well as the Master of Development Practice degree program offered in collaboration with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and several other colleges and schools across the Twin Cities campus.

Contact Information

560 Heller Hall
271 - 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-0832
Fax: 612-625-1879
Email: icgc@umn.edu
Website: www.icgc.umn.edu

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