Graduate student opportunities in urban sustainability at Texas A&M University

The Urban Dynamics and Sustainability Research Group (UDAS) at Texas A&M University’s Department of Geography is looking for MS and PhD students interested in studying urban sustainability. Ongoing research themes in the research group include:

  • Impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services in an urbanizing world
  • Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus issues in urban and peri-urban areas
  • Exposure and vulnerability of urban areas to natural hazards

In addition to the above research interests, students should have, or be interested in developing:

  • Experience in engaging with social science data and methods
  • Experience in complex systems analysis (e.g., using system dynamics, agent-based, or spatial statistical modeling)
  • Experience in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis
  • Ability to work both independently and in interdisciplinary teams in a variety of contexts
  • Strong skills in oral and written communication

Funding is available for up to four years (through graduate teaching and research assistantships and fellowships) with the potential for additional support thereafter. Interested candidates may contact Burak Güneralp ( for further inquiries. Visit for more information.

The application deadline to be given priority in funding for Fall 2020 enrollment is January 1, 2020. To apply to the Texas A&M graduate school directly, go to:

The admitted students will be affiliated with the Human-Environment Interactions and/or Geographical Information Sciences and Technology (GIST) clusters within the Department. They will also be affiliated with and take advantage of opportunities afforded by the Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications, and Technology (GEOSAT) ( at Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and the University especially encourages applications from women and minorities.

Burak Güneralp
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
College of Geosciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843