Summer Course 2020

Department of Development and Sustainability

DDS Summer Course

Department of Development and Sustainability is offering a series of Summer Courses in May – June. These courses are intensive application-oriented courses designed for participants who would like to brush up their knowledge on specific development issues in the region. Courses consist of lectures, discussions and group exercises. All courses are small classes taught in English with participants from various countries – a truly international experience

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ED75.9017 Forced Migration and Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

Instructor Dr.Philippe Doneys (Gender and Development Studies)

Credit 1 credit

Duration June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19 and 22 (1 P.M. – 3 P.M. and 1 P.M. – 4 P.M. for 22nd June 2020)


The course aims to understand various forms of forced migration and trafficking in persons in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS), including refugee flows, disaster related migration, labor trafficking, sex slavery and other form of involuntary servitude. It will examine both disaster-related and political forms of forced migration (including statelessness), as well as human trafficking, including why women tend to be particularly vulnerable to involuntary servitude and sex trafficking, and why men are often overlooked as trafficked persons for labor purposes. We will end with a discussion of how policies affect, prevent or cause forced migration and with a presentation of key challenges when conducting research on forced migration and human trafficking.

ED75.9023 Gender Issues in Global Economy

Instructor Prof.Kyoko Kusakabe (Gender and Development Studies)

Credit 1 credit

Duration June 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 16 (10 A.M. – 12 P.M.)


Globalization and regional economic integration are features that characterize the economy nowadays. The course discusses gender issues under such economic globalization. Patterns in economic development differs under different states and locations, and gender issues and relations are shaped by and also shape the economy. The course provides key concepts in understanding gender issues in economic globalization.

ED77.9012 Socio-ecological Systems Approach and Adaptive Governance

Instructor Dr.Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen (Regional and Rural Development Planning)

Credit 1 credit

Duration 26 – 29 May 2020 at 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. and 3 June 2020 at 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.


Nature and society sequentially respond socio-environmental changes as key features of the social, economic, climate and ecological systems evolve. However, it is often difficult to predict such changes because the interaction of a range of elements in the socio-ecological systems results in complex and dynamic behavior of the systems. In addition, societal responses may be governed by cultural and socio-economic constraints. Adaptive governance of complex socio­ ecological systems in the changing world is emerges important for determining desirable responses, such as ‘resilience’ and ‘sustainability’.

The course aims to introduce an interdisciplinary perspective of adaptive governance in the light of social-ecological and environmental change and transformation. It introduces theoretical understanding and insight of complex social-ecological systems and the concepts of adaptive governance in socio-ecological systems in theory and practices. It will also examine practical case studies on how resilience and adaptive capacity building can be examined from the local perspective to the national and regional perspective. Special emphasis will be given to the evaluation and identification of learning processes and changes.

ED82.9008 Community and Adaptation to Climate Change

Instructor Dr.Mokbul N Ahmad (Regional and Rural Development Planning)

Credit 1 credit

Duration June 1, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17 and 19 (3 P.M. – 5 P.M.)


The main objective of the course is to make students understand the key challenges to adaptation to climate change at the community level. It deals with the concepts and types of adaptation, technological challenges, the role of governments, NGOs, civil society and international organizations in promoting adaptation. 

ED79.9013 Urban Resilience Assessment

Instructor Dr.Vilas Nitivattananon (Urban Environmental Management)

Credit 2 credits

Duration 1, 2, 4, 5 June 2020 (9 A.M. – 12 P.M.) and 15 – 19 June 2020 (9 A.M. – 12 P.M. and 8 A.M. – 12 P.M. for June 19)


Rapid urbanization and external risks including climate change creating new risks and challenges in the area of sustainable urban development and management. Urban resilience is a versatile concept, which helps frames the difficult process of tackling the environmental, social, and economic challenges of modern cities in a positive way. However, similar to other broad concepts such as sustainability, resilience is inherently vague. This course is designed to prepare people for careers and leadership roles in resilience assessment in an urban context. It is designed to provide students with the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required to understand successful approaches, tools and practices for the assessment of urban resilience. The course also covers specific topics to support the integration of resilience into sustainable urban development and management, particularly multiple-scale and multi-sectoral resilience assessment methods and capacity building.

ED79.9012 Urban Geography and Spatial Analysis

Instructor Dr.Sohee Kim (Urban Environmental Management)

Credit 3 credits

– May 26, 28 (1 P.M. – 3 P.M. for Lecture and 3 P.M. – 6 P.M. for Laboratory),
– June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 (1 P.M. – 3 P.M. for Lecture and 3 P.M. – 6 P.M. for Laboratory)
– July 2, 7, 9 (1 P.M. – 3 P.M. for Lecture and 3 P.M. – 6 P.M. for Laboratory)


This introductory course is aimed at students with little or no prior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing experience, but a desire to understand geospatial analytical approaches to urban (environmental) problems.

The course covers the basic concepts of urban geography, including: spatial thinking, urban functional structures, and spatial patterns of urban social and physical processes; principles of cartographic design; and technology and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Through hands-on exercises, students will practice understanding of elementary GIS theory, fundamental skills in a GIS software package, and the ability to develop GIS-based solutions to urban and environmental analysis tasks. Selected case studies will be presented in order to highlight methods and techniques and practical experience will be gained through laboratory sessions and real-world applications.

ED52.9004 Quantitative Analysis Using R

Instructor Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka(Natural Resources Management)

Credit 1 credit (4 days)


  • 29 May: 13:00 – 14:00 (lecture); 14:00 – 17:00 (practice) 
  • 30 May: 09:00-12:00 (lecture) 13:00-17:00 (practice) 
  • 31 May: 09:00-12:00 (lecture) 13:00-17:00 (practice) 
  • 1 June: 09:00-12:00 (lecture) 13:00-15:00 (practice)

With increasing needs for research evidence generated through sound quantitative analysis, it is becoming a requirement for students to have basic understanding and practical experience with selected techniques in quantitative analysis. The objective of this course is to equip students with fundamental skills in handling useful analytical techniques, so that they can examine their research questions and hypotheses through these tools while conducting their research. In particular, the course introduces a set of basic regression models, which enable the students to implement analysis of causality from independent variables to a dependent variables. The course emphasizes application rather than theories, and analysis rather than data collection.

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Note: June 3rd and July 6th are AIT’s holidays


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Important Dates

Application Open : 1 February
Application Close : 15 May
Course Duration : 27 May – 27 June
Location: Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

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