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The Earth Institute – Columbia University

New York, United States
Joined June 2015

Columbia’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability.

Presence in: United States

Science + Collaboration + Education + Impact = Sustainability

The world’s population is expected to increase to nine billion by 2050. Human activity and the desire for economic improvement are straining the planet’s resources, threatening the health of our environment and ability to thrive. Managing those pressures will require the best understanding of the Earth’s ecological and environmental systems, and an ongoing effort to bring that knowledge to bear on public and private policymaking.

Who We Are

The people who make up the Earth Institute are earth scientists, economists, business and policy experts, specialists in public health and law, researchers, teachers and students. The institute comprises more than two dozen research centers and several hundred people who collaborate across many disciplines and schools at the university.

What We Do

At our largest research unit, the renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, some of the world’s leading scientists study geology, oceans, freshwater systems, climate and atmosphere to better understand the Earth’s systems. By bringing those physical scientists together with experts in economics, law, public health and policy, the institute creates collaborations that help us learn how to best address issues of global sustainability.

We use that knowledge to develop policy and engineer practical solutions to our many challenges: climate change and environmental degradation, rapid urbanization, infectious diseases, natural hazards, the need for clean and accessible energy, water and sanitation, and the sustainable use of resources.

And we are educating the next generation of leaders in earth sciences and sustainable development.

People Associated With This Organization

Joshua Fisher

United States  
The Earth Institute – Columbia...
Joined June 2015
Joshua Fisher is the Director of AC4, where his work focuses on understanding the environmental drivers of social conflict and exploring opportunities to use resource management as a tool for conflict prevention, with particular emphasis in extractive industry related issues. He has ongoing applied projects in countries in South America, Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Additionally, Dr. Fisher teaches graduate courses and executive trainings on environmental conflict resolution and environmental impact assessment at Columbia University. Prior to receiving his PhD from George Mason University, Dr. Fisher worked in natural resource management with a number of NGOs and governmental departments including the US Bureau of Land Management.
Joshua Fisher is the network champion (main point of contact) for The Earth Institute – Columbia University.

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