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Distinguished Professor for Sustainable Development Jonathan Yoder

School of Economic Sciences

Endowment for Sustainable Development


“Sustainable development is not a fixed state of harmony, but rather a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development, and institutional change are made consistent with future as well as present needs.” — Brundtland Commission, 1987. Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development.

“The only reason for thinking that sustainability is a problem is that you think that some people are likely to be short-changed, namely in the future.  Then I think you are really obligated to ask, “Well, is anybody being short-changed right now?” — Robert Solow, Nobel Laureate; Sustainability: An Economist’s Perspective. 1991.


NEWS: Grant and Award Opportunities!

2020-2021:  The ESD is funding:

  • A grant of up to $3,000 to support proposed research relating to sustainable development. Proposals due November 15, 2020!
  • Awards for outstanding graduate and undergraduate papers relating to sustainable development. Nominations due May 1, 2021!

See details below.

About the Endowment for sustainable Development

The SES Endowment for Sustainable Development (ESD) supports the Distinguished Professorship for Sustainable Development, and  provides funding for research and merit-based grants and awards to support and recognize outstanding research relating to global sustainability and sustainable development.

The purpose of the endowment fund is to support high quality teaching and scholarly work on the economics of sustainable development. Supported efforts are expected to contribute effectively to the strategic goals of the School of Economic Sciences. Within  this goal, the ESD program supports scholarship on sustainability broadly, encompassing any dimension of inquiry relating to the sustainability of human well-being and equity in a global context. 

The ESD program provides grant opportunities for graduate students to support research projects supporting the ESD mission, as well as awards for outstanding graduate and undergraduate research articles, dissertation chapters, and term papers.

Grants and Scholarship Announcements

Graduate Student Research Grants

The ESD is funding a grant of up to $3,000 to a School of Economic Sciences graduate student working on a research topic related to sustainable development.

Proposal submission deadline: Friday November 13, 5 pm PDT. 

Grant period of use: 2021 calendar year.

Call for Proposals with instructions is available here.

Email Professor Yoder at with any questions.

Outstanding Research and Writing Awards

2020 Academic Year Awards for outstanding undergraduate and graduate research papers relating to sustainable development. 

Submissions due May 1, 2021, 5 pm PDT

Undergraduate Student Prize for class essay relating to Sustainable Development: $500. Call for nominations is available here.

Graduate Student Prize for Sustainable Development Research: $1,000. Call for nominations is available here.