Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS) aims to respond to emerging challenges to sustainable development in Asia and rest of the world. The world is rapidly changing economically, socially, politically as well as culturally. In order to effectively address various emerging issues, we need to have critical and deep analysis of contexts under a multiplicity of identities - be it by gender, religion, ethnicity, class, age, geographical location, livelihood, nation, etc. There are urgent needs for professionals who are able to apply multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving, with in-depth understanding and responsiveness to the various needs of women and men.
Disasters have become a huge threat. Rapid population growth, urbanization, poverty, and climate change
have increased the vulnerability of many Asian countries. Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management
is offering interdisciplinary degrees and short-term trainings for capacity-building and skill development.
Research Areas: Disaster risk mitigation, Disaster risk science and engineering, Risk governance, Community based disaster risk management, Disaster management and sustainable development, Remote sensing and GIS.
Gender and development studies develops scholars and analysts who can integrate a gender approach to
development planning and management as well as highlight practical applications for academic research
in gender and development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, globally and more specifically
Research Areas: Gender and environment, Development planning/management,Globalization, Employment, Health, Politics/human rights, Technologies, Development communication, Migration, Gender-based violence, Gender main- streaming, Masculinities, etc.
Rapid decline of natural resources has increasingly threatened sustainable development. Natural Resources
Management focuses its teaching and research on understanding and assessment of the impacts of decision
making and international policies on natural resources management through the use of various analytical
frameworks, methods, tools, and technologies.
Research Areas: Sustainable forest carbon management, Land use change, Land degradation, Water management and governance, Biodiversity conservation, Natural resource economics and policies, Climate mitigation/adaptation, and Applications of geomatics in natural resources management.
Focuses on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life, and social and economic development of
rural areas. Practice oriented rural regional planning is carried out regularly at district and sub-district
levels following a participatory and integrated approach, and attention is paid to management of
development institutions, infrastructure and physical resources to strengthen rural communities for
Research Areas: International development, agricultural development, Non-governmental organizations, Rural-urban relations, Regional planning etc.
Responds to the need to examine urban growth and environmental problems from the management and planning
perspectives to contribute to the development of sustainable and resilient cities. We focus on understanding
urban dynamics and developing effective interventions using various decision support and instruments
in multi-stakeholder setting.
Research Areas: Urban sustainable land use planning and management, Management of urban infrastructure and services, Environmental systems analysis and sustainability assessment, Adaptation approaches to disaster risks and climate change.
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To be eligible for admission to the regular doctoral degree program, an applicant must:
Urban Environmental Management has given me a chance to develop both academic and real-life experience that enlightened me to reach my career goals in the field of urban and regional planning.
Gender Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology provided me with the conceptual framework to bring all my life experiences from student to trade unionist to political activist and move forward with a strong gender knowledge in the process of transformation of society based on social justice and equality. It was a great opportunity to have theoretical clarity, as well as knowledge, skill and perspective to see every aspect of life through gender lens. Thanks to the Asian Institute of Technology, I have developed skills which will be useful for the rest of my life.
Attending the Natural Resources Management program at the Asian Institute of Technology proved to be an invaluable experience for me. Moreover, friendship with my colleagues during my study at Natural Resources Management and the Asian Institute of Technology alumni network across the globe greatly benefited me, both personally and professionally.
Regional and Rural Development Planning has facilitated the broadening of my horizons both in academics and in the field through astute, in-depth and practical-oriented curriculum. This field of study provides hands-on experience through workshops, while up-to-date research studies help in analyzing hurdles for sustainable regional and rural development.
Studying under the Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management program at the Asian Institute of Technology allowed me to gain immense knowledge and experience from renowned faculty members and enthusiastic course-mates from across the globe. Many wonderful friends were made along the way. I am really glad that I made this choice to pursue my masters with Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management.
The exchange program between Gender and Development Studies and Ochanomizu University was a great opportunity for me to deepen my theoretical and practical knowledge as well as enhance my research skills so as to get an insight into my research topic. All my experiences in Gender and Development Studies are treasured and helpful to prepare my future career and academic network as well.
P.O. Box 4, 58 Moo 9,
Km. 42, Paholyothin Highway, Klong Luang,
Pathum Thani 12120
The Head, Department of Development & Sustainability
(+66) 2 524 6387
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(+66) 2 524 5610
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