The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the creation of a new program to study the impact of global changes—such as population growth, resource scarcity, urbanization, migration, and economic development—on people's lives, from their environment and health to their security and economic well-being.
The Global Sustainability and Resilience program will be led by Blair A. Ruble, who will leave his position as director of the Center's Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. The new program will combine and build upon the ongoing contributions to the field by the Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, Global Health Initiative, China Environment Forum, and Comparative Urban Studies Program.
Making the announcement, Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of the Wilson Center, said,
"Every day we hear of or feel the increasing impact of global change. With the world's population passing the seven billion mark, it is critically important that we study the local effects of this change. It makes sense to pull together the excellent programs at the Wilson Center that are working on these issues. With his experience running the peerless Kennan Institute – in the U.S. and overseas – and the Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, Blair Ruble is an excellent fit to bring the important work of these programs together into a cohesive whole."