Study on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life, and social and economic development of rural areas.

Regional and Rural Development Planning

Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP)

About Us

RRDP is a program under the Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Thailand. The RRDP program 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. Attention is paid to management of development institutions, infrastructure and physical resources. Sectoral and spatial planning are equally emphasized along with the management of rural development programs and local development projects to strengthen communities for sustainable development.

Our Research Areas

International development, agricultural development, Non-governmental organizations, Rural-urban relations, Regional planning etc.


Course Highlight

The courses are structured and offered sequentially to enrich theoretical and conceptual learning of the students followed by methods and techniques and application through planning workshop course as well as in thesis research. A good number of complementary courses are suggested to fulfill specific requirements of individual candidates relating to gender development, natural resource management and geographic information system, disaster preparedness mitigation and management within RRDP specialization. Candidates have the choice to design their own study plan following the rules of RRDP specialization.

Core Courses

  • Rural and Regional Development
  • Decentralization and Governance
  • Agricultural Development Planning
  • Sustainable Development Theories and Practices
  • Rural-Urban Relations
  • Community Development Planning
  • NGO Management Policy and Development Administration
  • Social Research Methods in Development Planning
  • Regional Planning Techniques
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Rural-Regional Planning Workshop
  • Public Policy

Complementary Courses

  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Gender and Development: Principles and Concepts
  • Gender, Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Development
  • Gender Analysis and Gender Responsive Development Planning
  • Integrated Natural Resource Planning and Policy
  • Spatial Information System in Natural Resource Management
  • Human Conflicts and Humanitarian Emergency Management
  • Community and Climate Adaption

Either Thesis or Research Study option is available along with courses to complete Master Program.
Doctoral candidates need to do 18/24 credits course work first before getting into thesis research.

We are concern on poverty analysis, concepts and processes of rural and regional development, community development planning, and more

Study with Us to Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Poverty

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities for graduates cover many areas of regional and rural development planning focusing on poverty alleviation, rural institutions, community participation, regional planning and project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation at international, national and local levels both for government and non-governmental organizations. There is a high demand for RRDP graduates particularly in developing countries for professional practices, teaching, research and consulting activities.

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Where to Find Us

P.O. Box 4 58 Moo 9,
Km. 42, Paholyothin Highway, Klong Luang,
Pathum Thani 12120

Email Us At
The Head, Department of Development & Sustainability

Call Us At

(+66) 2 524 6387
(+66) 2 524 5668
(+66) 2 524 5606
(+66) 2 524 5610

(+66) 2 524 6431