Coastlines and People Thematic Area

Coastlines and People Thematic Area

Through a two-year, college-wide process, the College of Social Science at Michigan State University selected several thematic areas to amplify and advance research aimed at addressing some of the most pressing or emerging social problems facing the region, nation, and world. Under the leadership of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, in partnership with the departments of Economics and Sociology, the multidisciplinary Coastlines and People thematic area is focused on conducting critical research with a scientific approach to inform policy and management decisions for Michigan's coastal communities while creating a model for other such communities worldwide.

Through this collaborative research program, MSU is quickly seeking to become the leader in understanding and addressing the multitude of future challenges facing our Great Lakes coastal environments, especially those brought about by human activity and climate change. The ultimate goal of this Coastlines and People Thematic Area is to connect science to action and create a Center for Great Lakes Research that will promote the sustainability of our shorelines and the communities that not only cherish but depend on them. To ensure a bright future for these communities and the region as a whole, we must build the capacity and infrastructure required to meet the challenges ahead. With your support, we will.

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Support &  Engagement

If you are interested in supporting the Coastlines and People program, please consider making an online gift today, or contacting Alex Tripp, Senior Director of Development for the College of Social Science at to discuss additional ways to contribute to this important research.