International Environment and Development Studies
PhD programme - Development Studies
At Noragric, particular emphasis is placed on Development Studies as relates to agriculture and the environment. The wise management of natural resources is both a prerequisite to and key component of sustainable development. The factors involved in development are complex and interrelated.
Definition of Development Studies in the Noragric context
The field Development Studies is concerned with the processes, constraints, and opportunities for social, political, cultural, economic, ecological, institutional and technical change, progress and development in different societies and settings. Development aims at improving the life (livelihood security, environmental well-being, quality of life etc.) of people and it is most appropriately defined with their active participation.
-- Description of the programme
At Noragric, development studies is typically:
- holistic in analysis, yet problem-oriented and practical in aim;
- pursued through inter-disciplinary and mult-idisciplinary approaches which make use of the specialised expertise offered by various academic disciplines;
- undertaken in partnership with local governments, institutions and groups; and
- concerned with sustainability, equity and empowerment.
Hassan Guyo Roba defending his dissertation
Photo: Evy Jørgensen
Rural development studies relate to problem-oriented studies at processes of change aiming at providing knowledge and increasing our understanding of the complexities of development processes. Based on increased knowledge and understanding, development studies are committed to contributing towards solving the problems being studied. Accordingly, development studies can be defined as the study of the interface of society and nature with the intention of contributing to the improvement of sustainability and equity. According to Amartya Sen, development is best seen as an expansion of people's capabilities. As such, development studies should also contribute to augmenting the human resources available to the development process. PhD courses at Noragric
(2012) Environment and Development Studies EDS415
(2013) Research Methodology in Development Studies
-- Regulations and guidelines for PhD studies at UMB
-- UMB's admission information
-- PhD Handbook
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