GCAS College Dublin

Sustainable Living Department

Sustainability as a field of study and practice is difficult to define, since there is an increasingly broad spectrum of perspectives and intents. In recent years the term has been co-opted for marketing purposes, thus watering down the original intent and redirecting sustainability to serve the forces of capitalism. Less damning but also of great concern, sustainability is often treated superficially, citing efficiency measures and incremental changes as “solutions” to pressing global problems, while ignoring systemic and paradigm-level causal relationships. A university-level sustainability program can and ought to imbibe deeper levels of thought and engagement. 

About the Sustainable Living Department at GCAS

Our aim at GCAS is to review and then go beyond the usual discourse on the so-called pillars of sustainability: the tripartite equivalence of environmental, social, and economic factors said to be key to creating a sustainable civilization. Instead, the SL Department at GCAS prefers a nested diagram, with our natural environment represented as the encompassing outer ring, and with the social aspects occupying the next tier, in service to the natural world, and the economic factors inside the social, in a position subservient to the two outer rings. This change in perspective, while deceptive in its simplicity, brings a radical change in the theory and practice of sustainable living.

Students joining the GCAS SL program can expect to be challenged and transformed by the necessity for exploring and engaging the very roots of human thought— reflections of states of consciousness— as both the cause and solution to the crises of these unprecedented times.

Chair of the Sustainable Living Department:

Mark Stimson, Ph.D.

Faculty for the Sustainable Living Department:

Tonina Alomar, Ph.D. Researcher

Nicole Jacobsen, Ph.D. Researcher

Dejan Lukić, Ph.D.

Mark Stimson, MA, Ph.D. Researcher

Tere Vadén, Ph.D.

Specialize in Sustainable Living

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Sustainable Living

Acceptance: Highly Selective

Length: 3 Years

Tuition Costs: 6,000€/ Year

Requirements: 180 Credits (40 in English & Literature for the Specialization)

Prerequisites: Acceptance in the BA Program

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