Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:30 to 8pm, Clark Hall 108 


From field to fork: Unravelling the geography of global agriculture and food

Graham MacDonald, McGill University

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 3:30pm, Clark Hall 108

Environmental Sciences Department Seminar co-sponsored by GSVS + ERI
Agriculture plays a critical role in global sustainability. Farming systems face dual pressures to respond to growing and changing food demand while also reducing negative impacts on the environment, including critical ecosystem services on which agriculture depends. However, the relationship between agricultural production and food consumption is also increasingly complex due to urbanization and globalization, which spatially ‘decouple’ rural production and increasingly urban demand. This talk will discuss some key trends related to agriculture and food in a global context, drawing on examples of land use, food trade, and consumption patterns. Local case studies will also illustrate some key challenges and opportunities related to urban agriculture and nutrient recycling to farmlands. I will conclude by discussing some early efforts to assess urban ‘foodsheds’, which can help to link demand for food in cities to producing regions and broader changes in rural agriculture.



 Sunday, October 28 - October 30, 2018
Join alumni, students, faculty and staff for a pan-university celebration of interdisciplinary sustainability initiatives at UVA - past, present and future! Share your vision and help advance UVA's leadership role in a sustainable future. See the Summit webpage for event registration and details:  


UVA Sustainability Innovation and Global Impact

Sunday, October 28, 4:00 - 6:00, Rotunda Dome Room - Faculty Flash Talks + Reception


A Day of Keynotes, Panels and Roundtable Discussions

Monday, October 29, 9:00 - 4:30 (see schedule  link for details)


Sustainability Pitch Night + Celebratory Reception

Monday, October 29, 6:00 pm (location TBA)


Global Sustainability Trends Across Sectors

Tuesday, October 30, 9:00 - 12:50 - Alumni Flash Talks + Roundtable Discussions


Science for Nature and People Partnership

A talk with Jensen Montambault (CLAS 1995)

Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m at the UVA Women’s Center

Jensen is Executive Director of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), a collaboration of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. SNAPP brings together multi-disciplinary teams to deliver evidence-based, scalable solutions to global challenges at the intersection of nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being. Montambault is also Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. 
Montambault’s talk at UVA this fall is part of our Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship Series established to inspire students in becoming leaders who can help solve some of the most challenging global issues. Invited lecturers are global leaders in their fields who are qualified to meaningfully contribute to students’ preparedness to be the results-oriented women leaders that the world needs. GSVS is co-sponsoring this event.


2018 GSVS graduate Megan Dister awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Megan Mason Dister has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Kenya. Megan studied abroad in Tanzania in 2017 and continued her study of Kiswahili at UVA. Megan notes “It will be a unique experience to be able to live in Kenya and learn more about Kenyan culture, Swahili and teach English. This fellowship allows me to have time to continue to explore my interests in a region of the world where I hope to continue to work in and learn from.” Congratulations Megan!



 Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 2:45 in the UVA Chapel

Join us for the conferring of diplomas and a reception at Global Grounds honoring the GSVS class of 2018.



Friday, April 27, 2018, 2:00 - 3:30pm at Lawn Room 29

Celebrate the new Global Sustainability class of 2020, the upcoming graduation of the class of 2018 and the end of the semester!



Five GSVS students have been newly elected to Phi Beta Kappa based upon their academic achievement and the depth and breadth of their studies.








A Global Studies Conference

March 22-23, Wilson Hall 142

see the main Global Studies webpage for details



Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00pm at Brown Library Room 133*



Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Open Grounds

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30pm at Brown Library Room 155

Monday, Feburary 26, 2018, 5:00 - 7:30pm at Brown Library Room 155

Drop in anytime during the above hours to receive feedback on your application from GSVS Program Assistant Dom Ong.




Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:30 -2:00pm at Hotel A (Global Grounds Building)

Meet current students in the Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability track and enjoy a catered lunch from Sticks!



Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 pm in Wilson Hall 301

Join us to learn and ask questions about the interdisciplinary Global Studies program and details about the five tracks.


2017 KLM Sustainability + Innovation Award

received by GSVS program director Phoebe Crisman from the Netherlands America Foundation and KLM Royal Dutch Airline



to the

GSVS CLASS OF 2017!!!!



 Saturday, May 19, 2017 /  in the UVA Chapel.

Join us for the conferring of diplomas and a reception honoring the GSVS class of 2017.


GSVS Student Research + Internships

GSVS student Artem Demchenko and GPH student Shantell Bingham have been awarded a Dalai Lama Fellowship for their joint research proposal, Growing for Change: Co-Designing Habitats around Neighborhood Gardens & Engagement. They are collaborating with the Westhaven public housing community, Public Housing Association of Residents, and Westhaven Nursing Clinic in Charlottesville during the 2015-16 academic year. Their faculty mentors are GSVS director Phoebe Crisman and GDS director David Edmunds. As participants in the Ethical Leadership Assembly in San Francisco, they  focused on the theme: "How might we deepen well-being while working across differences at the intersection of peace, justice, and ecology?"

Elizabeth Duffield worked on global health and peace initiatives at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia during a summer 2015 internship.

Connecting her double majors in GSVS and Environmental Science, Mary Shifflet interned at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in summer 2015. This internship enriched her study of environmental preservation and ways of raising awareness and mindfulness of the environment.

Elizabeth Duffield was awarded a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award for her study, ”Sustainable Tourism Development in Northeastern Brazil: Stakeholder Collaboration in Fortaleza.” This research project builds on her previous study abroad experience in Brazil. During a two-week research trip in summer 2015, Elizabeth examined whether there is sufficient stakeholder collaboration in the development and implementation of the tourism push currently being undertaken in Fortaleza, specifically looking at the involvement of local communities.

During her Spring 2015 Independent Research Study, The Bhakti House Model for Ecologically Lived Theology, Tessa Crews examined "How can an ancient spirituality be applied to the modern context in order to yield progressive developments in sustainable living?" This research connects her India study abroad experience and her work with the Bhakti Yoga Club at UVA. 

Creatively combining majors in GSVS and French, Kelsey Galantich participated in the French Field Study & Internship Program in Strasbourg during the spring semester. She completed two intensive 3-credit courses for the first five weeks, then participated in a research internship with the Association pour la Relance Agronomique for twelve weeks. Her research project with the ARAA focused on "the effects of current land development practices on the health of human beings through land runoff and water quality in the areas surrounding farmlands. While she examined these effects within the Alsace region of France, she plans to "bring back ideas to about how Charlottesville area farmers could more sustainably develop their land in order to crop quality, water quality, and human health.”

Megan McDaniels completed a Fall 2014 Independent Research Study focused on environmental and socio-cultural issues surrounding the Maunalua Bay. She developed community-based conservation strategies to restore the ecosystem and increase its resiliency. Her final research paper, Community-Based Conservation From Coast to Coast: A Case Study of Maunalua Bay and the Chesapeake Bay, compared Maunalua Bay with the Chesapeake Bay through the differences culturally, environmentally, and the different strategies and efforts made to restore both. This research builds on her summer 2014 internship with the environmental and cultural nonprofit Mālama Maunalua in Honolulu, Hawaii.


 Study Abroad Grants

Maximum Amounts:

Students in Arts and Sciences: $5000 (Academic year), $3000 (Semester), $1000 (Summer)

Students in all other schools: $2500 (Academic year), $1500 (Semester), $500 (Summer)

Students with demonstrated financial need who wish to study abroad will be considered for this grant in addition to need-based aid already available. Information is available at:


Depending on a student's situation, this grant may provide additional aid for study abroad program costs or substitute for need-based loans. The grant may be used for study on UVA Programs, Exchanges, or other approved study abroad programs, with the exception of Semester at Sea, for which other financial aid is available. Apply to study abroad, and your application will be evaluated for eligibility.