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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. 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.  The Missions of the Department are:

  • To develop next-generation-leaders able to address emerging and rapidly changing development needs involving various resources – be it natural, human, social, economical, and political, who are equipped with knowledge and attitudes that can contribute to problem-solving in practice.
  • To serve the society by producing analysis and grounded knowledge that would contribute to improved practices for sustainable development.

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 
  • Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, and Management
  • Gender and Development Studies
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Regional and Rural Development Planning
  • Urban Environmental Management
  • Urban Sustainability, Planning, and Design

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

Degrees offered in each Academic Program

Master’s (2-year program, 1-year program)

Ph. D (Minimum 3.5-year program)

Certificate (1-semester program)

Credit structure and requirement for degree completion

For master program: (48 credit) with a 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 a job?

Our graduates are serving in key leadership positions regionally and globally in Governments, United Nations Organizations, multilateral banks, consulting firms, civil society, research and academic institutes, and NGOs. We prepare work-ready graduates familiar with problems, instilled with ethics and human rights perspectives, 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. The key streams can be mapped in the diagram below.

The strengths of our research are on tackling problems that need regional approaches, combining and translating theories into practice:  focusing on issues such as migration, food security, environmental degradation, urbanization, etc.

Department Journal

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 at

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