169004 Development research - field applications

Project course
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Probst, Lorenz , Melcher, Andreas , Soudachanh, Souphaphone
Centre for Development Research
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


! Preparatory meeting: March 16, 14-15 h, Baracke 5, CDR Seminar room !

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Thailand, 2016

This course is implemented as a Summer School on sustainability transitions in agriculture and natural resource management - together with students from Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia.

It combines all fields of training at BOKU-CDR: concepts of development and innovation in research and practice; applied development research using participatory methods and tools; facilitating change processes with different stakeholders; intensive systems learning, focusing on agro-ecosystem and the sustainable management of natural resources.

What you will do:

#prepare in 4 seminars at BOKU for the stay in Thailand
#spend 2 weeks in Thailand (end of July) to learn how to describe a food system in detail. You will apply participatory research methods to analyse system health on farm and community level. At the end of the course, you will present your results and suggestions for a sustainability transition to a wider audience.

Watch this video for impressions how the summer school looks & feels like

(video: Summer School 2015 Indonesia: The Future of Rice)

Previous knowledge expected

Recommended CDR-courses:

169.401 Development Innovation
169.305 Facilitating change for sustainable development
169.317 Participatory methods in development research and practise

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

By completing this course, you will learn to:

# Describe a food system using social, ecological and economic dimensions.
# Apply participatory research methods to analyse system health on farm and community level.
# Develop applicable knowledge on specific strategies of managing natural resources and their contribution to food system health on farm level.
# Understand theories of socio-ecological transitions.
# Propose steps to facilitate a sustainability transition in a specific food system.
# Develop a vision of how you can contribute to a sustainability transition as an agent of change.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.