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


>>Oil palm - cattle integration: a transition towards sustainability?<<

Food security & climate change Summer School Malaysia 2018

MALAYSIA July 14-28, 2018

Eligible for participation: students from all disciplines of BOKU, Austrian universities, agrinatura and GCUA member universities.

This course is implemented as a Summer School on sustainability transitions in agriculture and natural resource management - together with students from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and other South-East Asian countries.

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 seminars at BOKU/online for the stay in Malaysia
#spend 2 weeks in Malysia (end of July) to learn how to describe an agro-food system in detail. You will apply participatory research methods tocompare different management strategies of palm oil and cattle production.We are interested in social, ecological and economic dimensions.
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

>Be able to learn actively about and in real farming systems considering social, economic and environmental dimensions.
>Understand and assess the social, economic and environmental sustainability of different options regarding crop-animal integration in farming systems.
>Explore what it takes to become an agent for sustainability and explore the institutional arrangements that support sustainability in a certain context.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.