SPEA brought together top scholars for a conference that focused on critical, developing issues.
The 2017 conference included 50 scholars from ten countries, working on topics ranging from climate change and air pollution to rulemaking and international institutions. Over the course of the three days of the conference, participants presented research, exchanged ideas for new projects, and discussed directions for the field. We also found plenty of time to explore the IU campus and Bloomington, and to get to know each other better socially.
SPEA was a fitting host for the Environmental Politics and Governance Conference. For more than four decades, SPEA faculty have sought to better understand an increasingly complex and interconnected global society, with a special emphasis on the environment and public affairs. Path-breaking scholars such as Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, Lynton Caldwell, and Evan Ringquist called SPEA home, and my colleagues and I strive to maintain the school’s reputation as a leading institution for the study of environmental politics and policy.
SPEA 2017-18 by the numbers
#1new building, the O’Neil Graduate Center, ready for its first full year of service
#2new one-year graduate degrees awaiting final approval—Environmental Sustainability and Healthcare Management
#6new faculty members
#104new residents of our Civic Leaders Living Learning Center
#196new graduate students—a diverse and accomplished class
#2,100undergraduate students majoring at SPEA including #110 Direct Admit freshmen with record high test scores and GPAS