Graduates in Integrative Society and Environment Research (GISER) was created to foster collaborative research in a community of graduate students from various departments on ASU’s campus. To build such a community, GISER aims to: 

● Provide the opportunity to move from talking about collaboration, to engaging in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research

● Facilitate product-oriented, graduate student led research, allowing graduate students to take the lead on projects, from the onset, and develop them from ideas to products (student led and faculty supported)

● Bring together motivated graduate students to collaborate in working groups and develop long-term networks that last beyond our careers at ASU

● Provide resources to promote an inclusive culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that is open to ALL motivated graduate students from ALL departments and background

The GISER student body is comprised of Master’s and PhD students from academic units across ASU’s multiple campuses. The GISER Listserv reaches out to 

approximately 200 subscribing members and has about 60 officially registered members.

Schools that are particularly active include: Geography & Planning | Human Evolution & Social Change | Life Sciences | Sustainability  

But we also have members from: Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering |Arts, Media and Engineering | The Decision Theatre for a Desert City | Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research| Integrative Graduate Education, Research and Training PhD fellows


     GISER main activities

In 2010-2011, most GISER members participated actively in monthly plenary sessions- or collaboratories, oriented towards networking, brainstorming, and reporting on ongoing GISER research and community activities. A smaller but significant group of students also participated in GISER workshops, working groups, and reading groups, producing GISER products and in some instances gaining academic credit. GISER products included posters at professional conferences, in-prep publication drafts, annotated bibliographies, conference organization, and community oriented products ranging from the development of mobile community garden structures for downtown Phoenix to a sustainability forum for theater design in the southwest. Finally GISER has worked to enrich its members’ research lives by strengthening professional and social networks and encouraging the development of relationships with the broader Phoenix community.

As one member commented on a recent survey, “GISER provides valuable opportunities for 

interaction between grad researchers that may not otherwise happen.” These benefits are

 invaluable in a competitive and innovative research environment

To learn more about GISER, to get involved, to ask questions go to our website at 

http://asugiser.ning.com/. To join the GISER Listserv please subscribe at: