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      • Aug 15, 2016 Spring Field Experience to India

        Dr. Bruce Hull just returned from leading a 10-day experience to India for students in the online Master of Natural Resources (MNR). The team spent time in the cities of Hyderabad and Delhi examining Source Water Protection in Peri-urban Agricultural Lands: A Case Study of the Community Capacity Building in Hyderabad India and Water and Sanitation in Urban Disadvantaged Urban Populations: A Case Study of Governance Issues in Slums in Hyderabad India. Dr. Hull noted that “If you want to see…

      • Jun 01, 2016 Making the World Safe for Sovereignty

        In April of 2016, United States’ President Barack Obama visited the United Kingdom. His purpose, at least partially, was to make plain the U.S. position on the proposed exit of Britain from the European Union — the so called "Brexit." Appearing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, a staunch opponent of Brexit, President Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU, to continue playing an EU leadership role. In the days leading up to Cameron and Obama’s stage show, former…

      • May 12, 2016 Blogging in ‘Blandcouver’

        I am in Vancouver as I write this. One in every four or five cars here in the city's central business district seems to be a German or Japanese luxury marque, with the occasional Bentley or Maserati sprinkled in for flavor. Window shopping at a real estate brokerage demonstrates the nearly inconceivable prices for housing anywhere near the city center. The affluence here is palpable. With easy access to Asia, a mild maritime climate, an inviting combination of mountains and…

      • May 08, 2016 2017 Executive MNR International Experience to India

        In January 2017, the 28 student graduate students in the current cohort of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program will travel for 10 days to the Indian cities of Delhi and Jodhpur. Along with three CLiGS faculty members — Bruce Hull, Michael Mortimer, and Holly Wise — the students will be tackling a series of case studies in the two cities, spread across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The international experience serves as the capstone of the XMNR program.

      • Apr 26, 2016 New Affiliation with the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment

        In March, CLiGS officially became an affiliated center of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE). As one of only seven Virginia Tech research institutes, ISCE promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the social sciences, arts, and humanities that addresses social and individual transformation. Through its affiliate network of research centers, laboratories, and programs, ISCE fosters communication and collaboration across the university. In the case of CLiGS, our center’s focus on leadership to meet global challenges fits nicely within…

      • Apr 19, 2016 The City is Dead. Long Live the City

        Cities have historically competed with one another for resources. Land for agricultural products; territory to supply taxable populaces; for preferential trade routes and concession privileges; and for talent (luminaries, artists, and scholars). This competition has occasionally escalated to armed conflict, particularly in Renaissance Italy where a unifying strong central government was very late on the scene. It only took a three-decade early version of a world war to bring about a fundamental change in this competition. The 1648 Peace of…

      • Apr 19, 2016 New CLiGS Catalog

        To provide a central clearinghouse for sharing faculty and student work CLiGS has rolled out a new Catalog feature in the website. Featuring books, articles, case studies, and other products of the center, the Catalog should provide an easy means to see what the folks at CLiGS are up to.

      • Apr 13, 2016 New Annual Alumni Travel

        Beginning in the Summer of 2016 CLiGS will begin offering—at cost—an international experience for the alumni of the MNR degree—online and executive alike. The first trip will travel to Bali, Indonesia, and will build on the work of the center team that visited last year. The trip will combine cultural experiences, networking opportunities, and a visioning process to help CLiGS best serve its growing alumni population. The Bali journey will be co-led by Dr. Marc Stern, who has been focusing…

      • Apr 08, 2016 India as Anthropocene

        The choke points to global sustainable development are palpable here. The cities are already massive and choking, but 70% of the building stock projected to exist in 2030 has yet to be built to accommodate hundreds of millions of rural poor immigrating to urban opportunity. Wells and rivers are running dry and farms are being abandoned for lack of water, yet more than 200 million people still lack water access. India contributes only 4% of global greenhouse gases, but emissions…

      • Apr 01, 2016 Starting with a Concept

        About a year or so ago I started working on a concept I had for a book about cities, environmental sustainability, and the unique problems we face in the Anthropocene. And that, I can tell you, is no mean feat. If it was easy, it would already be done. But as the saying goes “nothing worthwhile is easy.” In my case, never having written a book before, naiveté was the narcotic clouding just how challenging it would be. Not because…

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