Foundations of Economics Sust Devt

Foundations of Economics for Sustainable Development

INR 6708
Section 1000, Class #27361

Times: 8:30am- 11:30am
Location: TBA

This course examines the economic foundations of sustainable development, and its social, institutional and environmental dimensions. Through readings and class activities, students will be equipped with the key conceptual tools and knowledge of specific case studies to address sustainability issues or dilemma, such as: trade-offs between economic, social and environmental sustainability; types of economic growth and its alternatives; pathways for sustainable agriculture and livestock sectors; community responses and state governance; pros and cons of foreign investment and foreign aid; global institutional architecture for a sustainable future. While examples and readings draw from many different parts of the world (including the Global North), particular focus will be devoted to examining sustainable development challenges and options in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.


Renata Serra
421 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115560
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-5560
(352) 846-0473 

Research Interests
African development; political economy; economic reforms and aid; gender issues and women’s empowerment; agricultural development and cotton sectors; social capital and collective action; microfinance

Geographic Expertise
Francophone West Africa; Mali