Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Climate change governance: new opportunities and challenges for development

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 900

Climate change is affecting the livelihoods of many communities across the global South. While now prominently on the policy and academic agenda, the complex ways in which climate change policies influence development and social change across Africa, Latin America and Asia, are still unknown to many. This course introduces students to the current issues of climate change in relation to development and governance. We discuss climate change dynamics across scales from an interdisciplinary social science perspective. This course allows students to gain a more complex understanding of the challenges and opportunities for increasing resilience.

Climate change and variability are affecting the livelihoods of many communities across the global South. While now prominently on the policy and academic agenda, the complex ways in which the discourses, policies and practices of climate change adaptation and mitigation influence ‘development’ and social change across Africa, Latin America and Asia, are still unknown to many. Governance of climate change adaptation needs a thorough connection to local knowledge, innovations and perspectives.

This course, organised by the International Development Studies group of Utrecht University in collaboration with its academic and non-academic partners (CGIAR-CCAFS, ILEPA Kenya, CSIR-SARI Ghana, CARE Ghana, INERA Burkina Faso, and more), introduces students to the current issues of climate change in relation to development and governance. We discuss climate change dynamics across scales from an interdisciplinary social science perspective. This course allows students to gain a more complex understanding of the challenges and opportunities for increasing resilience.

The course has an interactive format: during lectures and workshops, students actively participate in debates and solve problems in real-life case studies. Students are explicitly challenged to bring in their own experiences and expertise on a variety of contexts. An excursion will also be included. Lectures and workshops are given by recognised experts from academia, policy and practice.

Course leader

Dr. Sebastiaan Soeters

Target group

The course is useful for Masters' students, academics and practitioners from anywhere in the world who are interested in or work in the fields of climate change adaptation & mitigation, development studies, natural resource management, conflict studies etc.

Course aim

At the end of this course students will have a thorough knowledge of the current academic and policy debates related to climate change and development, and they will be able to link this to broader development and governance theories as well as possible improvements and solutions.

Credits info

3 ECTS
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 900: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 560: Course + course materials

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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