BACKGROUND

Department of Development and Sustainability aims to respond to emerging challenges to sustainable development in Asia. Asia is changing rapidly economically, socially, politically as well as culturally.

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In order to effectively address emerging issues in the region, we need to have a critical and deep analysis of contexts under a multiplicity of identities  – be it by gender, religion, ethnicity, class, age, geographical location, livelihood, nation, etc. The region urgently needs people who are able to organize a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, with in-depth understanding and responsiveness to the various needs of local women and men. We strive to generate research and knowledge to meet these needs. 

MISSION

The mission of the  Department of Development and Sustainability are:

OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Multidisciplinarity is at very core of the Department’s teaching, research and outreach activities. Our academic activities focus on problem-solving and creating work-ready graduates who are able to take real-life challenges once graduated. The students come from multiple disciplines- economics, geography, anthropology, sociology, architecture, agriculture, forestry, science, political sciences, management, and humanities. Those with professional development experience are preferred candidates, and hence the programs have experienced students and peer learning is also an important part of our learning. The academic programs are:

Development and Sustainability program (DS)

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.

Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM)

Disasters have become a huge threat. Rapid population growth, urbanization, poverty, and climate change have increased the vulnerability of many Asian countries. Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management is offering interdisciplinary degrees and short-term trainings for capacity-building and skill development.

Gender and Development Studies (GDS)

Gender and Development Studies (GDS) develops scholars, analysts and practitioners who can integrate gender approaches in to development planning and management, and conduct original gender and development-related research for advancing development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals, globally and in Asia.

Natural Resources Management (NRM)

Natural Resources Management (NRM) academic program is designed to train students in the fields of sustainable use and management of natural resources, community-based natural resources management, forest carbon accounting, biodiversity conservation, valuation of ecosystem services, economics of NRM, NRM and climate policy, technologies and sustainability, assessment of natural resources using conventional and modern temporal and geospatial technologies.

Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP)

Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP) academic program focuses on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life and social and economic development. Practice oriented rural-regional planning is carried out regularly at district and sub-district levels following a participatory and integrated approach.

Urban Environmental Management (UEM)

Urban Environmental Management (UEM) academic program responds to the need to examine urban growth and environmental problems from the management and planning perspectives to contribute to the development of sustainable, inclusive, and resilient cities. We focus on understanding urban dynamics and developing effective interventions using various decision support systems and instruments in multi-stakeholder settings.

Urban Sustainability Planning and Design (USPD)

The Master’s program in Urban Sustainability Planning and Design aims to develop the expertise and leadership of professionals in urban planning and design with a strong emphasis on evaluation and application of sustainability. Through place-based and holistic approaches, the program covers urban systems planning and design for multi-scale (incl. metropolitan and building), cross-sector (e.g., ecology, energy, material and waste, water, climate, health, food, and mobility), and multi-agent decision making, in support of integrated, evolutionary and transformational change towards sustainability.

All students are enrolled in the Department but need to join any of the above academic programs.​

DEGREES OFFERED IN EACH PROGRAM

CREDIT REQUIREMENT FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

For master program

(48 credits) with minimum 2.75 CGPA and successful completion of Thesis or Research Study. The strengths of the course structure is that it encourages cross-fertilization across academic programs as well as offer focused specialized courses in each academic program. Four-credits department-wide required course enables the students to acquire a wider overview of sustainable development issues and research methodology. At least 22 credits need to be taken from required and elective courses designed by the program.

For the doctoral program

(84 credits) with 12 credit coursework with minimum 3.25 CGPA and successful completion of the dissertation and minimum one publication in peer-reviewed international journal approved by Doctoral Program Review Committee (DPRC)

WHERE OUR GRADUATE FIND JOB?

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Our graduates are serving in key leadership positions regionally and globally in Governments, industries, and businesses, United Nations Organizations, Multilateral banks, renounced consulting firms, civil society, and NGOs. We prepare work-ready graduates familiar with problems and equipped with knowledge and tools to find solutions.

RESEARCH PROGRAMS

The Department has a very active research program that is done through student research as well as sponsored projects and individually by faculty members. The academic programs of the Department have a long history of grounded research contributing to development practices in the region. The current research program of the Department has several streams. 

Gender, Technology, and Development (GTD) is an international, multi-disciplinary, refereed journal serving as a forum for exploring the linkages among changing gender relations, technological change, and developing societies. The journal’s main focus is on the shifting boundaries and meanings of gender, technology, and development, addressing transnational phenomena and engaging in dialogues that cut across geographical boundaries. It is published by Sage Publication three times a year. GTD is indexed in the SCOPUS (83/115 in gender studies), the SCImago Journal Rank (0.155), and indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index. The journal can be accessed here.

DEPARTMENT FACULTY MEMBERS

contact us

Department of Development and Sustainability
Email:DS-HOD@ait.ac.th

Prof. Karl E.Weber
Emeritus Professor

Department of Development and Sustainability

Regional and Rural Development Planning Program

Dr. Sohee Minsun Kim
Assistant Professor

Urban Environmental Management

Email: skim@ait.ac.th

Contact:  (+66-2) 524 5619

Fax:   (66-2) 524 6380

Room Number: E 106

Area of Expertise

  • Urban-rural sustainable land-use planning.
  • Community-based ecosystem and resource management.
  • Building climate resilience and adaptation strategies into urban planning.
Prof. Nophea Sasaki
Professor

Natural Resources Management

Email: nopheas@ait.ac.th

Contact:  (+66-2)524 5778

Room Number: E119

Area of Expertise

  • REDD+
  • Forest carbon monitoring and modeling
  • Forest management
  • Green technovation for sustainability
  • Carbon project development, selective logging, biodiversity
    conservation, impact investment in forestry
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe
Professor, Department Head, Department of Development & Sustainability

Gender And Development Studies

Email: kyokok@ait.ac.th

Contact:  (+66-2)524 6131

Fax: (+66-2) 524 6166

Room Number: W 251

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Area of Expertise

  • Gender and Development
  • Labor Migration
  • Women in the informal economy
  • Unpaid work
  • Gender issues in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Gender assessment of development projects
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon
Associate Professor

Urban Environmental Management

Email:  vilasn@ait.ac.th

Contact:  (+66-2)524 5601

Fax: (+66-2) 524 6380

Room Number:  E 103

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Area of Expertise
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha
Professor

Natural Resources Management

Email: rajendra@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66-2)524 5602

Room Number: W-209

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Area of Expertise

  • Human dimension of land-use change
  • Climate change and land
  • Land degradation and land management
  • Sustainability
Dr. Philippe Doneys
Associate Professor

Gender And Development Studies

Email:  philippe@ait.ac.th

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Area of Expertise

  • Gender Politics, Empowerment and Human Rights
  • Migration and Human Security
  • Gender, Health and HIV
Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad
Associate Professor

Regional And Rural Development Planning

morshed@ait.ac.th

Phone : (+66-2)524 5664

Fax:  (+66-2) 524 6431

Room Number: E – 203

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Area of Expertise

  • Regional and Rural Development Planning,
  • Community Development,
  • NGOs/Civil Society, Adaptation to climate change,
  • Human conflicts
Dr. Julaikha Bente Hossain
Senior Research Specialist and Affiliated faculty

Gender And Development Studies

Email: jbhossain@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66-2)524 6382

Fax:  (+66-2) 524 6166

Room Number: E – 202

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Area of Expertise
Gender, law and legal issues.
Gender, environment and sustainable development.
Women, peace and security.

Dr. Joyee S. Chatterjee
Assistant Professor

Gender And Development Studies

Email: joyeec@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66-2)524 5671

Fax: (+66-2) 524 6166

Room Number: W 253

Area of Expertise

  • Global Health
  • Gender & Media
  • Development Communication
  • Gender & Culture
  • Popular Media and Social Change.
Prof. Jayant K. Routray
Emeritus Professor

Regional And Rural Development Planning

Email: routray@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66-2)524 5609

Fax: (+66-2) 524 6431

Room Number: E – 205

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Area of Expertise
Rural poverty and regional inequality
Decentralized and sustainable rural-regional development
Regional planning methods and techniques
Rural urban relations
Development impact assessment
Disaster risk assessment, reduction and management
Resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards

Dr. Indrajit Pal
Assistant Professor

Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management

Email: indrajit-pal@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66-2)524 6428

Room Number: E – 209

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Area of Expertise

  • Disaster Risk Reduction,
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Risk Governance
  • Community-Based Disaster Risk Management
  • Risk Perception
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk
  • Urban Resilience
  • Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment
  • GIS / RS in disaster risk management
Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen
Assistant Professor

Rural Regional Development Planning

Email: phuoclai@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66-2)524 6670

Room Number: W 249

Area of Expertise

Dr. Sylvia Szabo
Assistant Professor

Rural Regional Development Planning

Email: sylviaszabo@ait.ac.th

 

Area of Expertise

Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka
Assistant Professor

Natural Resources Management

Email: takuji@ait.ac.th

Contact: (+66-2) 524 5585

Room Number: E213

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Area of Expertise: