Environment, Development and Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Program of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


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Environment, Development and Sustainability (EDS) is an interdisciplinary program of the Graduate School of Thailand’s premier Chulalongkorn University (Chula), based in the capital city of Bangkok. The Program is jointly coordinated by Chula’s Social Research Institute, Environment Research Institute, and Energy Research Institute.

The EDS Program is unique among degrees from post-graduate institutions in Asia and the Pacific in that it provides an integrated approach to topics like sustainable development and the environment. The EDS studies at Chula offers Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs.

The EDS Program’s objective is to broaden the horizons of graduate students to integrate their studies and research across various sub-disciplines in both the natural and social sciences so that their results lead to sound public policy, good governance and sustainable development.

In addition to focusing on environment and development studies, the EDS Program also cover areas such as business and trade strategies for environmental management, energy planning, poverty reduction, natural resource management, green building and urban development as well as climate and ecosystem topics like climate change, soil degradation, biological diversity and pollution.

Looking at the global, regional, and local scales of development, lecturers and guest speakers from universities, public policy schools and research institutions from around the world share their knowledge and experience from working with organizations ranging from the United Nations to community-driven initiatives.

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