Over the past two decades, environmental considerations have become central to development policy and management. As a result, there is a growing need for policymakers, planners and managers to be fully conversant with the environmental dimension of development, including the challenge of climate change.
This course aims to meet this need by linking environmental understanding grounded in the physical sciences with study of the social and economic bases of planning and managing development.
Aims of the programme
• Provide an interdisciplinary training to equip participants with an understanding of the environmental and climate change dimensions of development trends and interventions; • Provide participants with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to analyse effectively the relationships between environmental issues, climate change and development processes, and make judgements about policies and their implementation; • Provide critical insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development ; • Develop professionally-oriented skills related to formulating, investigating and implementing different approaches to promoting climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development; • Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to environment, climate change, and development; • Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication • Assist students in developing their specialist area of expertise within the field of environment, climate change, and development, and applying their understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is covered by the course fee. Recent fieldtrip locations have included Uganda, Ghana, Sri Lanka and India.