Development and

Sustainability

program

About the Program

To offer a generalist master’s program based on an interdisciplinary approach to international sustainable development. The aim is to build upon shared expertise in the Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS) and offering an academic program that has a broader scope than current academic offerings, which are very specialized. A broader and less specialized program will be especially attractive to institutions looking for managers with a broad knowledge of development issues, and candidates who may not want to narrow their academic and research skills but rather get a broader understanding of development issues in the region.

 

The program also responds to the needs for capacity building regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asian region and beyond in ways these other programs do not since the concept of sustainability calls for expertise in both the environmental and social dimensions of long-term development.

Why Study in the DS program

The main aim of the program is to target development managers and practitioners who need a broader understanding of development issues, and a more interdisciplinary learning experience, than the current program offerings allow.

 

More specifically, a broader program in Development and Sustainability would be appealing to government employees and managers, international organizations, NGOs and private research institutions, as well as academics working in development studies.

Coursework and Research

The DS program currently offers a Master of Science (thesis or research study options) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD). 

The course credit requirements for each program are as follows:

Total CreditsCourse (Credits)

Department-wide Course

4
  • ED52.9003: Introduction to Development and Sustainability (2 credits)
  • ED52.9005: Research Design (2 credits)

DS Program Required Courses

4
  • ED84.01: Public Policy (2 credits)
  • ED84.02: Development Economics (2 credits)

Elective Courses

18
  • Maximum 4 credits of department-wide courses
  • Minimum 3 credits and maximum 6 credits to be taken from courses offered under each program (GDS, NRM, UEM, RRDP) *
  • 3 credits can also be taken outside these four programs or department-wide courses **

Thesis/Research Option

22Total number of credits for thesis/research
48Total number of credits for Master’s Degree with Thesis Option
Total CreditsCourse (Credits)

Department Wide Course

4
  • ED52.9003: Introduction to Development and Sustainability (2 credits)
  • ED52.9005: Research Design (2 credits)

DS Program Required Courses

4
  • ED84.01: Public Policy (2 credits)
  • ED84.02: Development Economics (2 credits)

Elective Courses

30
  • Any other department-wide courses
  • Minimum 3 credits and maximum 9 credits to be taken from courses offered under each program (GDS, NRM, UEM, RRDP) *
  • 6 credits can also be taken outside these four programs or department-wide courses **

Thesis/Research Option

10Total number of credits for thesis/research
48Total number of credits for Master’s Degree with Research Study Option
Total CreditsCourse (Credits)

Elective Courses

18
  • Minimum 2 credits of DS program courses
  • Minimum 2 credits and maximum 6 credits of department-wide courses
  • Minimum 2 credits and maximum 6 credits to be taken from courses offered under each program (GDS, NRM, UEM, RRDP) *
  • 3 credits can also be taken outside these four programs, DS program courses and department-wide courses **

Thesis/Research Option

66Total number of credits for thesis/research
84Total number of credits for PhD Degree

*  Gender and Development Studies (GDS), Natural Resources Management (NRM), Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP) and Urban Environmental Management (UEM).

** Including Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM) and other courses in SERD. This requires consultation with the student’s advisor.

Courses offered in the department tend to use a practical approach to learning. This includes lab and team work and exercises, group presentations, seminars and discussions, and field trips. We also offer the possibility of taking an internship (usually with international organizations or NGOs) which can provide up to 3 credits of coursework equivalent. Finally, there are several opportunities for student exchange programs.

For the master’s degree, research work for the thesis option normally requires one year, while research work in the research study option requires 4 to 6 months. The research study option requires 38 credits of coursework while the thesis option requires 26 credits of coursework. The thesis option is usually intended for those who will pursue careers in research work or continue towards doctoral studies.

Research Opportunity

Students can conduct their research work under the supervision of any faculty member from the four core programs (GDS, NRM, RRDP, UEM). A thesis or research study advisor will be selected based on the proposed topic of research and the related expertise of faculty members

Research proposals should include a development-related problematic and address either
(or both) social and environmental components of sustainability

Field trip to Mae Sot for a course related to migration
Field trip to Chanthaburi for a NRM course

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Professor Kyoko Kusakabe
Gender, Migration and Work
Professor, Department Head
Department of Development and Sustainability

Program: Gender and Development Studies

Email: kyokok@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-6131

Room Number: W251, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Gender, Migration and Work

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Professor Nophea Sasaki
Forest and Carbon Management
Professor

Program: Natural Resources Management

Email: nopheas@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-5778

Room Number: E119, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Forest and Carbon Management

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Professor Rajendra P. Shrestha
Land-climate Change, Ecosystem
Professor

Program: Natural Resources Management

Email: rajendra@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-5602

Room Number: W209, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Land-climate Change, Ecosystem

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Asst.Prof. Thi Phouc Lai Nguyen
Sociology of the Environment
Assistant Professor
Chair, Environment and Sustainable Development

Program: Environment and Sustainable Development, Regional and Rural Development Planning

Email: phuoclai@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-6670

Room Number: W249, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Sociology of the Environment
Asst.Prof. Takuji W. Tsusaka
Poverty and Natural Resources
Assistant Professor
Chair

Program: Natural Resources Management

Email: takuji@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66)2-254-5585

Room Number: E214, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Poverty and Natural Resources

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Asst.Prof. Sylvia Szabo
Climate-sensitive development, demography
Assistant Professor

Program: Regional and Rural Development Planning

Email: sylviaszabo@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-5696

Room Number: E201, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Climate-sensitive development, demography
Asst.Prof. Sohee Minsun Kim
Risk-sensitive Urban Planning
Assistant Professor

Program: Urban Environmental Management

Email: skim@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66)2-254-5619

Room Number: E106, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Risk-sensitive Urban Planning
Asst.Prof. Joyee S. Chatterjee
Media, Health, Gender, Culture
Assistant Professor
Chair

Program: Gender And Development Studies

Email: joyeec@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66)2-254-5671

Room Number: W253, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Media, Health, Gender, Culture
Assoc.Prof. Philippe Doneys
Politics, Human Rights, Migration Policies and Gender
Associate
Chair, Development and Sustainability

Program: Development and Sustainability, Gender And Development Studies

Email: philippe@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66)2-254-5673

Room Number: W257, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Politics, Human Rights, Migration Policies and Gender

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Asst.Prof. Indrajit Pal
Risk Governance, Risk Reduction
Assistant Professor
Chair

Program: Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management

Email: indrajit-pal@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-6428

Room Number: E209, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Risk Governance, Risk Reduction

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Assoc.Prof. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad
International Development
Associate Professor
Chair

Program: Regional And Rural Development Planning

Email: morshed@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-5664

Room Number: E203, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
International Development

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Assoc.Prof. Vilas Nitivattananon
Urban Infrastructure / Systems
Associate Professor
Chair, UEM and USPD

Program: Urban Environmental Management, Urban Sustainability Planning and Design

Email: vilasn@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66) 2-254-5601

Room Number: E103, SERD Building


Area of Expertise
Urban Infrastructure / Systems

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