School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS)

The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) offers programs which focus on sustainability and the ethics of solving environmental and resource problems, ranging from water and food to energy and biodiversity. We use techniques and ideas from many disciplines to seek integrative solutions that cross the boundaries between the natural and social sciences, thereby linking knowledge of resources and ecosystems with sustainability policy and governance.

SERS offers an undergraduate plan (Bachelor of Environmental Studies), a master's plan (Master of Environmental Studies-Thesis option or Major Research Paper Option), and a doctoral plan (Doctor of Philosophy).

  1. Nov. 17, 2016Understanding food security from a Roman perspectiveJennifer Clapp and students

    Every year, millions of people travel to Italy to enjoy Neapolitan pizza and authentic gelato. Jennifer Clapp also travelled to Italy for the food, but she didn’t go to eat it – she went to educate her students about it.

  2. Nov. 17, 2016One Environment student is protecting trees from elephants in an unlikely way

    Darian Hall is a School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability student who is channeling his passion for sustainability into a unique way to preserve trees in South African game reserves.  Please visit Waterloo Environment for more information.

  3. Sep. 8, 2016SERS Professor Jennifer Clapp receives Canada's highest academic honour, named a Royal Society of Canada Fellow

    SERS congratulates Professor Jennifer Clapp who was named a Fellow by The Royal Society of Canada, Canada’s highest academic honour.

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  1. Feb. 27, 2017Fabiola Alvarado Comprehensive Exam

    Fabiola Alvarado PhD Comprehensive Exam

    Monday February 27 @11:00am in EV2-2006


    (1) To what extent do mainstream conceptualizations of water governance reflect current and emerging debates in other bodies of scholarship that address environmental governance more broadly (e.g., multi-level governance, network governance, polycentric governance).

  2. Feb. 28, 2017Parastoo Emami PhD Comprehensive Exam

    Parastoo Emami PhD Comprehensive Exam

    February 28th in EV2-2006 at 10:00am


    (1) To what extent does the water governance literature reflect key debates in the broader governance and environmental governance literatures? In your response account for contextual consideration including the embeddedness of water governance in broader social ecological systems, the role of temporal and spatial scale, and the nature of water resource sustainability challenges and opportunities.

  3. Mar. 3, 2017Barb Davy Comprehensive Exam

    Barb Davy Comprehensive Exam

    March 3rd in Ev2-2021 at 12:00pm


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