CIE Annual Conferences consider the causes and effects of globalization from diverse disciplinary perspectives.  Proceedings have been published in the New Directions in International Studies series of Rutgers University Press.

April 2016 Conference

Water-Centric Cities
Hefter Center
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
April 15-16, 2016

To understand the water-centric city is to know it in its most transdisciplinary sense: water consumption, conservation, urban distribution, equity issues, pollution and toxic run-off, and strategies for responsible governance. Over-consumption and climate change threaten water scarcity, and this is felt keenly in cities, our largest consumers of both food and energy. Global cities are developing strategies to address the increasing demands on their water systems as well as issues of inequity in development. Join us at our conference in April, where we will re-define water-centric cities, address planetary limits, challenge current consumption patterns, and develop alternative strategies to promote global resource stewardship. We will examine water scarcity, food security, and energy production, and we will analyze global issues as well as city-level policy reforms to improve water management in the interest of regional stability, global security, and economic and environmental sustainability.

Conference Organizers:

Patrice Petro, Vice Provost for International Education and Professor of English, Film, and Global Studies
Jenny Kehl, Director of the Center for Water Policy and Associate Professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences

Conference program, guest speakers, and other information can be found on the conference website. Registration is free and open to the public. For more information about the conference, please contact Mark Brand at

Past Annual Conferences

  • Peace, April 25-26, 2013