Michigan State University

Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Ph.D

Email: schmi420@msu.edu

Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability and the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. She is a participatory systems modeler, and works directly with stakeholders to build models that foster adaptive learning about the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems, and to integrate stakeholder knowledge with academic knowledge. She has worked in communities in Southeast Asia, West Africa, and the United States on a range of issues in agriculture, food and natural resources. Laura holds a doctoral degree in Systems Ecology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Brown University. She is a AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow for 2018-19, and a board member of the Academy for Systems Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to training systems leaders for sustainability transformations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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Obafemi Elegbede, Ph.D Candidate

Obafemi Elegbede



Udita Sanga, Ph.D Candidate

Udita Sanga



Kyle Metta, M.S. 2016, Ph.D Candidate

Kyle Metta


Masters thesis title: Time Famine in an Age of convenience: A Systems Perspective on Food Insecurity in Detroit.

Jelili Adebiyi, Ph.D Candidate



Patricia McKay, Ph.D Candidate

Patricia McKay


Nahid Sattar, Ph.D 2019

Nahid Sattar

Dissertation title: The Freshwater Aquaculture Revolution in Bangladesh: Impacts on Land, Water and Livelihoods.


Tum Nhim, M.S. 2015

Thesis title: Towards Building Drought Resilience of Rice Production in Cambodia From a System Dynamics Perspective.

Sarah Herbst, M.S. 2011.

Thesis title: Mining in the Caraga Region, Philippines: Insiders’ Perspectives on Emergent Social and Environmental Problems.

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