International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) Department

Message from the Director

William FisherIDCE’s transdisciplinary degree programs are built on more than 35 years of collective field experience in North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is a place of intellectual rigor and creative thinking, where students acquire the professional skills they need to advance in their careers.

When prospective students ask me why they should choose IDCE over other programs, I mention the transdisciplinary commitment that makes IDCE unique, our strong progressive history and ongoing commitment to enacting positive social change, our intrinsic global perspective, and the intimate and interactive character of our approach to teaching.

At IDCE students learn how to address complex problems and build community while managing resources wisely. In the classroom and in the field, IDCE students develop critical analytical skills, explore linkages between local and global perspectives, and focus on the human and ecological dimensions of sustainability.

We’re very proud of our IDCE alumni who have become decision makers in environmental, development, and social service agencies, consultancies, businesses, and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad. Our graduates work with activists, civil society organizations, communities, government policy makers, business people, academics, scientists, and technical experts to advance social change. Recent graduates are making a difference at a variety of organizations and institutions worldwide, including dynamic, local organizations and businesses as well as well-known institutions like Oxfam-America, US AID, British Virgin Islands Conservation and Fisheries Department, Catholic Relief Services, World Resources Institute, the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Winrock International, Associates in Rural Development, U.N. World Food Program, CARE, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in addition to municipal and state governments. Many graduates also pursue research fellowships or Ph.D. degrees at U.S. and overseas universities.

Here you will find information about IDCE’s master’s programs in International Development and Social Change, Community Development and Planning, Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment, and Environmental Science and Policy. Explore our culturally diverse and socially engaged community of faculty, students, and alumni. Decide if you can see yourself as part of our dynamic community.

We invite you to join us in the pursuit of a more sustainable future through meaningful social change.


David Bell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice - International Development and Social Change
Interim Director, International Development, Community, and Environment

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