Methods and Approaches for Analyzing Sustainability and Development Problems
This course provides a practical introduction to the key methods and approaches for analyzing sustainability and development challenges. Using hands-on exercises, this course introduces students to the most common methods that are useful in the field of sustainability and development. These methods include remote sensing, cost-benefit analysis, life cycle analysis, institutional analysis, impact analysis, and introductory data analysis and visualization. These methods will help you to collect, visualize, and analyze data, measure the impact of policies and programs, assess the life cycle impacts of given products, and understand how institutions can influence sustainability and development. All these methods will help learners better synthesize evidence to evaluate progress on sustainability and development efforts. Further, this course will expose students to research ethics so that students will be able to critique others’ work and ensure rigor and reliability in their own research. Students will learn about practices in sustainability and development as well as the application of research to policy development and its implications.