Graduate student perspectives on transforming academia

Seth T. Sykora-Bodie, J. Leah Jones, Zoe Hastings, Elizabeth Lombardi, Michaela Barnett, Olivia N. Davis, Olivia M. Ferrari, Vanessa Garcia Polanco, Alexandra N. Hofner, Brandon Hunter, Tara Ippolito, Will Krantz, Oscar Neyra, Omar Perez-Figueroa, Kristin B. Raub, Jennifer Sou, Edgar Virguez, Tanner Waters, Julia Whitten

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Higher education institutions have long played a key role in solving society's most pressing problems. However, as the scale and complexity of socio-environmental problems has grown, there has been a renewed debate about the role that academic institutions should play in developing solutions and how institutional structures should be redesigned to encourage greater interdisciplinarity. In the following pages, we present a graduate student perspective on this debate. Specifically, we identify challenges facing interdisciplinary graduate student researchers and present a series of recommendations for how institutions can better prepare them to become the next generation of leaders in interdisciplinary, action-oriented research focused on solving socio-environmental problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere556
JournalConservation Science and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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