About the Working Paper Series

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) Working Paper Series highlights sustainability research by faculty, upper-level graduate students, and affiliated researchers at UT Austin.  The Working Paper Series provides a forum to share preliminary results of ongoing research and design studies in order to encourage discussion, collaboration, and constructive suggestions for revision prior to final publication.  Each working paper submitted to the Series is reviewed by at least two reviewers who will provide comments to the author(s) in a timely manner.  

The discourse surrounding sustainability captures a multitude of disciplines, and we encourage submission of papers and design studies addressing the many facets of sustainability.  The CSD works to facilitate the review and electronic publication of working papers that engage with at least one of its five focus areas:

Ecology - encompassing both ecological planning strategies and green building systems
Social Equity - ensuring that all people, including future generations, gain adequate access to vital natural and human resources
Economy - understanding economic development, job creation and sound public finance as essential requirements for the development of healthy communities
Design - including both the contemporary aesthetics and the vernacular cultural practices that stimulate, enhance and empower our surroundings with meaning
Policy Making - applying the principles of sustainability in pragmatic, sensible and balanced ways that can be operationalized by civic leaders

These focus areas are meant to highlight and guide submissions, and papers addressing other aspects of sustainability, and papers that combine different themes are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should ideally be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, in Chicago Style with footnotes.  Papers should be submitted in electronic MS Word format (click here for Word template) or Adobe Indesign CS5 format (click here for Indesign template), including a separate abstract of 100-150 words.

Papers should be of publishable quality, but not yet published elsewhere.

We welcome submissions from faculty, CSD fellows, and affiliated researchers, as well as exceptional student publications.  Student submissions should include a faculty sponsor, although a faculty co-author is not required. 

Papers should be submitted electronically as an email attachment to csd@austin.utexas.edu.

For more information, please contact Michael Oden (oden@mail.utexas.edu) or the CSD Working Paper Series editor (csd@austin.utexas.edu).



2011-01   Better is Better than More: Complexity, Economic Progress, and Qualitative Growth
Dr. Michael Benedikt and Dr. Michael Oden

2010-01   The Role of ‘New’ Political Culture In Predicting City Sustainability Efforts: An Exploratory Analysis
Dr. Robert Paterson and Dr. Devashree Saha