1.Conceptualization and measurement of sustainable development (SD), its intertwined dimensions (socioeconomic and environmental) and historical evolution.
2. Survey of environmental change in global history
3. Analysis of the interaction between economic activity and cimate change since the Industrial Revolution; as well as the measurement of the said interaction.
4. Survey of the changes in land use, agri-food systems and harvesting the biosphere.
5. Resource extraction, energy transitions and economic growth in the long run. Links between fossil fuels use and industrialization
6.Identification of the key challenges of SD; disaggregated analysis of the concerning challenges (socioeconomic, environmental and political) for different geographies and countries at different income levels and with different political regimes; the phenomena of migration and "climate refugees" caused by unsustainability.
7. Measurement of sustainability
8. Key notions such as the 'anthropocene' and concepts like 'vulnerability', 'resilience' and adaptation in the context of SD along with their relevance in different countries and regions. 'Circular economy' and its respective instruments for diverse actors.
9.Survey of existing perspectives, models and strategies in SD promoted by multifarious agents at different levels such as international and regional organizations, national governments, NGOs, movements and individuals; a critical analysis of feasible trajectories regarding DS.
10.Analysis of the fragmented architecture of global governance in terms of SD and climate change; major institutions and the ways in which they facilitate cooperation (or fail to do so) on a global and/or regional scale.
11.The platforms and mechanisms situated in global environmental cooperation with different levels of effectiveness; principles, initiatives, agreements and norms at various levels by distinct agencies, groups and other actors. Mapping the interactions and power dynamics between multifarious stakeholders and mediation of interests.
12. Introduction to economics for environmental policy design, non market evaluation, mitigation policies
13. Economic valuation of future ecosystem services.
14. Survey of behavioral decision making, global public goods and collective action problem, impediments to behavioral change and determinant of Green Policy acceptance.
15. Current and prospective transformations regarding sustainable development policies and global governance in the context of the pandemic, the economic and geopolitical crisis at the global level.