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Center for Governance & Sustainability


Impacting Real-Word Policy

The Center for Governance and Sustainability (CGS) seeks to be an agent of change for better governance across scales and geographies. Engaging in rigorous and applied scholarship on real-world policy challenges, CGS aspires to advancing inspirational education, and promoting honest dialogue among a stakeholders.

Focusing on key research areas - environment governance, sustainability and developmental governance, CGS's mission is to:

  • advance the state of knowledge in the field of global governance and generate analysis that is practical for policy-makers seeking to reform international institutions for environment and development
  • train the next generation of leaders for sustainability governance offering opportunities beyond the classroom 
  • promote productive dialogue and frank exchange of ideas among diverse stakeholders around the globe focusing on sustainabilty and governance

In the present geopolitical scenario, we seek to ensure that environment and development are perceived as interrelated foundations for the well-being of current and future generations. We confirm our commitment to become a leading global authority and convening body that brings academic expertise to the policy world in order to improve the capacity to respond to contemporary global challenges. Explore our research areas to learn more

Contact us at 


Stacy VanDeveer, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security & Global Governance
Professor, Global Governance & Human Security
McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies

Office: Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 126