Prospective Students

An opportunity for graduate study (Masters or PhD) in Sustainability is available in the research group of Dr. Chuan Liao in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. A full Graduate Assistantship will be provided with full tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance.

In this research group, the goal is to understand the pathways and mechanisms towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Thesis or dissertation research topics include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable intensification of agriculture
  • Sustainable energy transition
  • Food systems
  • Coupled systems
  • Global drylands
  • Land tenure and land use change
  • Urban green space
  • Human-environment geography
  • Spatial analysis

If you are interested, we can start a conversation over your research and professional goals. Please write a brief statement on your goals, your qualifications, and anything else you see as relevant, and email it to Dr. Chuan Liao ( along with your CV. For more information, visit the graduate degree program website.