Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Technology innovation can be a great enabler for development in low and middle-income countries. This course presents a methodology and an approach to develop impactful innovations that have the power to foster sustainable development. Whether you are from an industrialized or a developing country, whether you are employed in a company, an NGO, an international organization or a government. Whether you are an academic, an independent entrepreneur, or simply a passionate individual, this course is for you. You will learn how, as an innovator, you can help solve important issues that burden those living in poverty. Through practical examples, we will demonstrate how you can take your initiative from a blank sheet of paper through to large-scale deployment of your technology innovation. This course is not just about coming up with a nice idea, or designing a nice prototype, but more importantly, about sustainably deploying it at large scale. It fosters an entrepreneurial approach, as you will learn how to design business models that are relevant to address development-related challenges. It encourages co-creating the solution with the key stakeholders involved, including the affected populations. Coming-up with solutions that are more affordable and more durable, that require less use of consumables and electricity while still being economically viable, concerns all of us, and not just the people living in poverty. There is no previous knowledge required.
What you'll learn
- Determine how contextual factors influence technology development and deployment.
- Create innovative technologies that sustainably impact poverty.
- Lead a technology innovation process -from initial concept to product scale-up- maximizing impact and minimizing risk.
- Evaluate alternative business models for technologies intended to impact poverty.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Materials Science and Sustainability Methods (MSc)
International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE) The study programme covers the fields of materials science and technical sustainability. It also provides students with methodological skills in the areas of materials development, processing and analysis plus the fields of sustainability aspects as efficient materials, life cycle assessment, conservation of resources and renewables. Lecture languages: 50% German, 50% English.
Your application for the winter semester may be submitted between 15 May and 15 September.
Ziel des Studiengangs ist die Ausbildung von Absolventinnen und Absolventen mit naturwissenschaftlichem Schwerpunkt im Bereich der Materialwissenschaften und Materialchemie. Dabei trägt der Studiengang in besonderem Maße der Entwicklung Rechnung, dass Nachhaltigkeitsaspekte zum integralen Be-standteil moderner Materialentwicklung geworden sind.
Durch die Ausbildungsschwerpunkte werden die Absolventin-nen und Absolventen gesuchte Fachkräfte für produzierende Unternehmen in sämtlichen Branchen (z. B. Automobil- und Maschinenbau, Luft- und Raumfahrt, Elektro- und Verpackungs-industrie, etc.) sowie in Forschungsinstituten im Bereich der Materialentwicklung, -verarbeitung und -prüfung.
International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE), Germany
Global Development Management
Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP) Gain a framework for analysing development management practice
What are the challenges of development? How do we overcome them? This postgraduate qualification addresses the complexities of development and will help you build the skills needed to manage these challenges. This degree builds on the global agenda for sustainable development and assumes that development management is a political and ethical process. It addresses how to achieve goals in contexts affected by conflicts of interests, values, and agendas. You’ll learn skills related to strategic thinking, research, advocacy, and policymaking that are necessary for a career as a development manager.
What are the learning outcomes?
By the end of your studies, you have studied the:
- different conceptualisations of development and its management in theory and practice
- key concepts and theories that reveal development management as a process that is personal, political and professional
- tools, methods and frameworks for investigation and analysis aimed at informing development policy and practice.
Programs on this degree
- Global Development in Practice: Bringing about change
- Global Development in Practice: Discovering development management
- Global Development in Practice: Doing development
- Global Development in Practice: Understanding development contexts
Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP), United Kingdom
MA Food and Development IDS
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. It is about the global and the local and the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about.
This MA draws on wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both IDS and School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex (where you will be based). You will gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between food and development. We build your analytical and practical skills, improving your ability to engage critically with issues such as:
- food and nutrition security
- sustainable food systems
- value chains and corporate power
- agri-food technology and its contestations
Our faculty have extensive knowledge and direct field experience. And our guest speakers – from government bodies, international organisations, NGOs, and local food networks and movements – introduce you to contemporary policy debates and practices.
We expect our graduates to become specialists and advisers in food and development issues worldwide, working for either governments, international development agencies, civil society organisations or social movements engaged with food-related themes. Many of our graduates go on to teach in universities around the world.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, United Kingdom
Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development (MSc) DID
King’s International Development Institute (IDI) Our Emerging Economies & Inclusive Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We do this by focusing on emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on poverty reduction, inequality and social policy. You will study development theory, political economy, geography and social policy, and will also have the opportunity to focus on the countries and regions that particularly interest you.
Our course provides you with high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities, which allows you to explore the topic from a variety of different angles. We examine economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development.
We look at the strategies that these countries have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how these markets manage the development and diffusion of technology, flows of trade and finance, the balance between the state and the market, and problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.
Duration: 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September
King’s International Development Institute (IDI), United Kingdom
Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security (M.Sc.)
United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) The main purpose of the two-year Master’s of Science programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. The Master’s programme addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards and their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice.
As a joint programme by the Department of Geography and the United Nations University in Bonn, the course provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements with the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context.
Fields of expertise include Vulnerability Assessment, Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Development, Disaster Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Human-Nature Relationships, Science & Technology Studies, Development Geography, Geomorphology, Socio-Hydrology, Future Studies, GIS and Remote Sensing.
The Programme consists of 11 modules, of which nine are taught in the first three semesters followed by a compulsory internship and the independent work on the Master’s thesis. An internship of at least eight weeks is a compulsory part of the programme.
The programme’s primary goals are:
- Theoretical and methodological expertise in the field of environmental risks and human security combined with practical experiences
- Strong focus on developing countries/ the “Global South”
- Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment
- Possibility to engage in ongoing research projects at both institutions
- Close cooperation with the UN system & international organizations
United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Germany
Master’s Programme Environmental and Energy Management (MEEM) CSTM
Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente (CSTM) Do you believe that socio-technical change is needed to make our planet more resilient and sustainable? Are you eager to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to organize and manage such changes, either locally or internationally? If so, the Master’s programme Environmental and Energy Management (MEEM) at the University of Twente is the right choice for you.
Combine knowledge and action
Today’s grand challenges – climate change, resource depletion, urbanization, ecological and socio-economic stress – call for professionals able to organize, manage and lead socio-technical change. This combined focus, on thinking and doing lies at the heart of the MEEM programme. Its social science-oriented Master’s programme will provide you with knowledge, skills and competencies in various social science disciplines, such as Management, Public Administration, Governance and Law. This will prepare you to lead and manage socio-technical change processes in the industrial, environmental, energy and water domains.
Three focal points in sustainable development
The core of this one-year, English-taught programme consists of three interconnected domains of sustainable development: environment, energy and water. The programme teaches the interrelated management and governance of these three crucial natural resources. Graduating in one of the three domains will prepare you for working with multidisciplinary teams in business, government, consultancy or (PhD) research anywhere in the world.
Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente (CSTM), Netherlands
CSR & NGO Management (MBA)
International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE) The MBA program is designed for international students with professional experience who wish to develop their management skills. The program offers academic, interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange and deals with the management of corporate social responsibility and non-governmental organizations (CSR & NGO). Students of the MBA program will learn how to promote sustainability within a non-governmental organization or a CSR department.
Key facts about our MBA Program:
• Internationally recognized MBA degree
• Full-time or part-time studies possible
• Weekend classes only
• Perfectly compatible with work or family life
• English taught curriculum
• Team-oriented with small interactive classes
• International and multidisciplinary study groups
• Lecturers and experts from academia & practice
• AQAS Accredited MBA program
Application deadlines: 30 April 2020 (if visa required), 30 June 2020 (if no visa required)
International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE), Germany
International Development MSc
Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath (CDS) Develop the skills and understanding to tackle the global challenges of poverty, inequality, conflict, sustainability and social justice. Whether you are a graduate aiming to make a difference in the world, or a professional wishing to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking, our suite of International Development MSc courses is for you. Engaged with current debates in policy and practice and grounded in interdisciplinary social sciences, you will develop the tools and confidence to work towards creative solutions that address practical problems in strategic ways.
Four distinct pathways provide a choice of flexibility and breadth, or the chance to pursue a particular interest in greater depth. Innovative learning approaches promote in-depth investigation of particular cases and issues. These will draw out connections and contradictions between different actors and analytical perspectives, across global, regional, national and local scales. The opportunity of a placement, leading to a work-based project, will provide hands-on experience to complement classroom-based learning.
You have the choice of taking the interdisciplinary MSc or one of three specialist pathways:
- MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action
- MSc International Development with Economics
- MSc International Development, Social justice and Sustainability
Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath (CDS), United Kingdom
MA Development Studies IDS
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton Develop the analytical and practical skills required to address some of today’s most pressing global challenges including inequality, sustainability and security.
Based at IDS, you’ll learn how to approach development problems with creativity, confidence and the ability to work collaboratively. You’ll develop an understanding of the main debates in development, and engage in informed and critical ways with professionals from diverse backgrounds.
Who is the degree for?
A hallmark of this degree is the diversity of cultures, experience and perspectives that our students bring. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry. We welcome applicants with a broad range of career trajectories.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, United Kingdom
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