2021 International Women’s Day Celebration – Achieving an Equal Future: #Choose to Challenge

This year’s UN official theme on Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”. We focus on our everyday lives – what/ how we eat, move, relate to others, communicate, study, work, and live our lives. We can choose to challenge gender inequality in our daily lives – any time, alone or with others. We believe that an accumulation of these everyday consciousness by individuals can lead us to collectively overcoming gender bias and realizing a more equal and inclusive future.


IGS International Symposium “Development, Education, and Gender” – Symposium celebrating 20 years of Ochanomizu University and AIT Workshop Programme

Institute for Gender Studies (IGS) Internation Symposium, “Development, Education, and Gender” Symposium celebrating 20 years of Ochanomizu University – AIT Workshop. This is to commemorate the 20th anniversary of exchange program between AIT and Ochanomizu University. Our PhD student (Mr.Song Changhui) will be speaking on behalf of the AIT students who participated in the exchange. 


Sustainability Hackathon 2020

Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS) is organizing the “Sustainable Hackathon 2020” from Friday 20 November 2020 at 18:00 to Saturday 21 November 2020 at 18:00 (GMT+0700 Bangkok Thailand). This event is the 2nd series of the Hackathon organized by DDS. The theme of this time is



Learning “participatory rural development planning” with community

Fieldtrips, within the course of Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP) workshops instructed by Dr Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen, are designed to provide RRDP Master students opportunities to interact and work with local communities on local development planning. It encourages students to be curious, inquiring, to apply theoretical knowledge into practices, and to enjoy learning. This activity is to promote the connection between our research and teaching with community.


GDS Students visited UNWomen

On November 13, 2019, students of courses Gender and Development: Principles and Concepts and Gender and Communication visited UNWomen Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok to learn about UNWomen’s work, especially around migration and violence against women. Students were able to make links for further action for gender equality!


DDS Academic Calendar for August 2019 Semester

Academic Calendar and Activities for August 2019 Semester Welcome new students Please prepare yourself by reading (download) this instruction below. Admission GuidelineGUIDANCE FOR APPLICANTS OFFERED ADMISSION Download Department of Development and SustainabilityTentative Timetable & Courses offered August 2019 Download Instruction for AllocatingAccommodation to new Students Download 1 Dorm Allocation Download Read more…

Ostrom Retreat 2019

Context and Background

Elinor Ostrom received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her research proving how the commons are vital to the world based on the rhetoric of the “tragedy of the commons”, which focused on private property and centralization as ways to protect finite resources from depletion. She turned over the “conventional wisdom” by validating by what means local resources could be effectively managed by commons without ruling by central government or privatization. Ostrom identified 8 design principles for how common-pool resources could be governed sustainably and equitably in a community. Similarly, the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework summarizes the ways that institutions function and adjust over time. The framework observes institutions to be created by humans whereby individual choices made render consequences of particular choices made. This is one of a “multi-level conceptual map” that may offer to study a specific hierarchical section of interactions made in a system. The part of the framework includes action arena identification, formed through interactions between actors and actor situations.