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Rob and Melani Walton
Global Sustainability Studies Scholarships

An opportunity to study and help solve sustainability problems
in a global context.

Become a global citizen

Implementing sustainability in Africa or Europe can be a different type of challenge than it is in the US. As a sustainability student, you know that on the path to impactful solutions, understanding global context is critical.

Study abroad with support from the Rob and Melani Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarships to witness and learn sustainability principles and solutions in international community, urban and political settings. Through these condensed, rigorous courses set within a different culture, you will gain skills like:

  • Problem-solving
  • Networking
  • Intercultural collaboration
  • Cross-disciplinary application

Make the world your classroom

Destinations and course topics change every summer, adapting to current global sustainability developments. Past programs include:

  • Sustainable energy solutions in Spain and Morocco
  • Environmental tourism in Dubai
  • Human rights in Brazil
  • Mobility and transportation in the Netherlands
  • Urban development in Hong Kong
  • Environmental challenges in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sustainability policy in London and Washington, D.C.
  • Human Development, Diversity and Sustainability in Ecuador
  • Re-imagining Environmental Sustainability in Urban and Rural Nepal
  • Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa
  • Coffee and Climate Change in Costa Rica

Each study abroad program is led by faculty members from the and local expert partners, and program cohorts are limited to small groups of 15-20 students, creating a close-knit learning community. Learn more about past Global Studies student experiences on the .

Rob and Melani Walton Scholarship

Awards are based on a competitive process that includes an essay application, academic merit and relevance to the student’s field of study. If you are not a sustainability major or minor, you may still be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

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The Rob and Melani Walton Scholarship program is supported through funding from the .

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For a complete list of current sustainability study abroad programs, including course costs, dates and application information, visit the .

Past Programs

2018 Programs

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GREECE: Community Sustainability Solutions
May 23-June 18, 2018*, 3 credit hours
Dr. Mary Jane Parmentier

The academic focus of this program is sustainable development and all the complexity that is involved with social, economic, environmental, cultural and political challenges. Greece is part of the ‘developed world,’ an EU country, but with serious development and sustainability challenges nonetheless. This program will be based in a rural area facing marginalization in the national and the regional contexts, with serious issues of sustaining livelihoods and protecting the environment. We will be visiting communities on the margins of Europe, communities that tourists do not visit and that are struggling to survive. The program will also travel in time as well as geographically: the stories of ancient Greece, as read through the remaining artifacts, will be considered as we study present day Greek communities in the Peloponnese.

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HONG KONG: Urban Sustainability
June 1-June 16, 2018, 3 credit hours
Dr. Rob Melnick

Cities around the world are increasingly facing perilous sustainability challenges of energy efficiency, water supply, waste management, GHG emissions, land use, housing affordability and air quality. This summer course uses Hong Kong as the setting to learn how a complex, densely populated, world-class city is addressing such challenges. Students will go on field trips to the “front lines” of both sustainability problems and solutions, interact with Hong Kong leaders and sustainability practitioners, and discuss Hong Kong’s sustainability policies with scholars. ASU students will work in small, cross-cultural teams with Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese students from City University of Hong Kong to analyze, develop and present public policy recommendations that can resolve sustainability challenges.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy
June 7-21, 2018, 3 credit hours
Dr. Daniel Childers

This unique Global Sustainability Study Abroad class will immerse students in the social/cultural, environmental, and economic challenges facing South Africa with its legacies of colonialism and Apartheid, and with the 1994 ratification of one of the world’s most progressive constitutions. We will focus on the social/cultural, environmental, and economic conflicts and opportunities in and around Kruger National Park, associated with the government’s Wildlife Economy policies, from both sustainability and conservation biology perspectives.

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NEPAL: Engaging Communities in Energy and Education Innovations
June 1–21, 2018, 3 credit hours
Dr. Nalini Chhetri and Dr. Netra Chhetri

This course will focus on on-site research-based work in multi-disciplinary teams of engineering, sustainability, humanities and social science students and will operate in partnership with Nepal’s Institute of Engineering and Central Department of Environmental Sciences. Students will enjoy homestays in indigenous communities with day trips to field sites in Kathmandu valley, Nawalparasi in the Terai/Lowlands and villages nearby and Pokhara. The first week will be spent in the Kathmandu valley working with Dr. Hosman who directs the SolarSPELL project. This will be followed by homestays in the tropical lowlands/terai among indigenous people working on the two energy projects.

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BOTSWANA: Intersection of Water, Ecosystems and Governance
July 9-20, 2018, 3 credit hours
Dr. Dave White

This program is a part of the PLuS Alliance, Connected River Basins with University of New South Wales, Sydney and Kings College London. Arizona State University students will be joining students and faculty from the two other universities as well as the University of Botswana to participate in an interdisciplinary course centered on water resource management. The Okavango Delta near Maun, Botswana is one of the last free flowing river systems in the world. Yet, rapid development projections call for increased water withdrawals and hydropower development. Social, economic and environmental issues are intertwined here and provides the unique opportunity to study how the three basin countries, the NGOs and the local people could collaborate and develop without harming the Delta.