ESPP Fall Student Research Symposium

October 17, 2022

The Annual Environmental Science and Policy Program’s Fall Student Research Symposium will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022, from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the Lincoln Room at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Please click here to register in advance.

This symposium aims to connect ideas and researchers from multiple disciplines to identify and solve challenges at the interface of environmental science and policy. This year’s symposium will explore research performed across a variety of disciplines to provide holistic solutions to real-world problems and showcase avenues for integrating science and policy-making.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jianguo “Jack” Liu and Dr. Stephen Gasteyer as our featured plenary speakers and look forward to quite a number of engaging research presentations from ESPP and other MSU students.

Dr. Jack LiuDr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu

  • Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
  • Director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

A human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Jianguo "Jack" Liu holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and serves as director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.

Liu takes a holistic approach to addressing complex human-environmental challenges through systems integration, such as the integration of ecology with social sciences, policy and advanced technologies. He is particularly keen to connect seemingly unconnected issues, for example, telecoupling, divorce and environmental sustainability. His work has been published in journals such as Nature and Science and has been widely covered by the international news media.


Dr. Stephen GasteyerDr. Stephen Gasteyer

  • Associate Professor
  • MSU Department of Sociology

Dr. Stephen P. Gasteyer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on community development, environmental justice, and the political ecology of landscape change, with specific attention food, energy, water, and public health. Recent research has addressed the food access and impacts urban greening in small US cities, alternative energy and community action, environmental equity in access to water and sanitation, and water governance.  Dr. Gasteyer was a 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar at Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestinian territories. Dr. Gasteyer’s previous positions include: assistant professor of Human and Community Leadership Development at the University of Illinois (2005-2008); Research and Policy Director at the Rural Community Assistance Partnership in Washington, DC (2002-2005); research consultant on issues of global water governance (2001-2002); UNAIS project worker on Agroecosystem research at the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem, and the Palestine Institute for Arid Lands and Environmental Studies, Palestinian territories (1993-1996); Program Associate for the Committee on Sustainable Agriculture, World Resources Institute (1991-1993).  He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali from 1987 through 1990. He received a BA from Earlham College in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University in 2001.


Schedule: (Click here for full program)

8:30-9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM   


9:15-10:00 AM  

Dr. Jianguo “Jack” Liu presents “Systems Integration for Sustainability across Local to Global Scales”

10:00-10:15 AM  


10:15-11:45 PM 

Breakout Sessions | Student Presentations (Click here for student presentation schedule)

11:45 AM-12:00 PM  


12:00-1:00 PM   

Dr. Stephen Gasteyer presents “Collaboration Across Disciplines and Scale: Science and Policy to Achieve Food and Water Justice in a Turbulent World” (Lunchtime presentation)

1:00 PM  Closing Remarks


Registration Information:

Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please click here to register in advance. All are welcome. 


Symposium Sponsors:

This event is sponsored and supported by

  • Environmental Science and Policy Program
  • College of Social Science
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • The Graduate School
  • Fate of the Earth Endowment by Barbara Sawyer-Koch and Don Koch