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As a trained sociologist, whenever I travel I become most engaged and fascinated with the structure of society — history, equity or lack thereof, colonialism’s impact, gender, race and identity. Now as a student in development, this sociological perspective is forever in my mind, as I work to bring about positive change, while being mindful of my own relative privilege and sense of not really belonging here. My primary questions are: How can we undo the wrongs of the past? How can poor people in developing countries gain access to basics that are or should be covered under universal human rights? How can we more equitably use the Earth’s resources and allow everyone — not only the rich — to live comfortably? What are the most graceful and non-imposing ways of assessing a community’s needs and wants?

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LAW & SUSTAINABLE CITIES: Are environmental & land use planning the answer?

A discussion panel with two of the leading experts in this challenging field, bringing almost a century of knowledge and insight.

Professor Paulo Affonso Leme Machado is considered the father of Brazilian environmental law and a drafter of the environmental protection article in his country's 1988 Constitution. 

Professor Julian Juergensmeyer is a leading expert on US and comparative land use law and author of major Land Use Law treatise.

Event Date: 
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 4:00pm

Common Coasts: French & Louisianian Perspectives on Coastal Restoration

At Tulane Law School

Featured Presenter:  Ms. Marine Musson, Head of Heritage Preservation & Development Department, Conservatoire du Littoral


8:30:  Coffee

9:00 a.m. – 11: 00 a.m.  Seminar

Students and Faculty Welcome

Sponsored by:

  • Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
  • Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental  Research
  • Embassy of France in the United States, Cultural Services Section
Event Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 8:30am

Payson Center collaborates in Tulane's inaugural Tropical & Environmental Studies Spring semester in Costa Rica


Tulane is excited to announce the addition of a new semester study abroad program at its CIAPA campus in San José, Costa Rica. Led by the Office of Study Abroad at Tulane, undergraduate students interested in tropical biology, environmental studies and development studies are being recruited to spend the spring semester studying with Tulane faculty at the CIAPA campus.

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Undergraduate Study Abroad Fair

Discover how to study, intern, volunteer and travel abroad! You'll learn how financial aid can be coordinated with study abroad; and what new programs are available, especially the new Tropical and Environmental Studies Semester in Costa Rica!

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 3:00pm

Dr. Martin Mendoza-Botelho selected as evaluator for Katerva Awards panel


Professor Martín Mendoza-Botelho, faculty at the Department of Political Science at Tulane and affiliated with the Payson Center for International Development, has been selected to serve another year as evaluator in the validation panel for the prestigious Katerva Awards (

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Dr. Laura Murphy presenting at Tulane's Tech Day


Stop in to see her and many others on the Tulane Medical Campus tomorrow.

11AM in room Tidewater 1204 - She'll be speaking about alternative ways to charge your cellphone! 


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East China Normal University EcoPartnership

The mission of the State Department-sponsored EcoPartnership is to provide opportunities for sharing information and knowledge on the physical, biological, and socioeconomic issues of urbanizing deltas in the United States and China. 

As we continue to address long-standing and emerging issues facing New Orleans and the Mississippi River delta region, our counterparts at ECNU are tackling similar concerns facing the Yangtze Delta region with the continuing growth of Shanghai.

Event Date: 
Friday, September 28, 2012 - 3:30pm

Disasters, Land Use Planning and Law: A European Perspective

A lecture and discussion with Dr. Juli Ponce Solé, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, University of Barcelona School of Law. Dr. Ponce Solé is member of the European Network for Housing Research / European Group of Public Law and developed studies at the Academy of European Public Law and the Universities of Harvard and Colorado. 

Event Date: 
Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:45am

Sustainability + Globalization Lecture Series: Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca New York

The Payson Center highly encourages all Paysonites to attend some or all of Sustainability and Globalization Lecture Series sponsored by:

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 6:00pm


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