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MOST School on Rural Transformations

MOST School on Rural Transformations

This MOST School on Rural Transformation is a partnership between the Thailand MOST National Liaison Committee, Chulalongkorn University and UNESCO, from 26 to 28 January 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. This workshop will tackle a critical question for South-east Asia and the wider world: how can we use scientific knowledge for more effective policy and action to advance natural and social well-being in rural areas of South-east Asia?

The first MOST School in Thailand will focus on rural sustainability in agricultural areas of South-East Asia. The MOST School will use the experience and knowledge derived from the ongoing pilot projects in various parts of the country that use the principles of sustainability science to find effective pathways of achieving sustainable transformation for communities affected by environmental degradation.

It will gather young researchers, activists, and policymakers from across South-east Asia, and introduce them toquestions related to rural sustainability and explore diverse sustainable efforts from transdisciplinary approach through lectures and discussions with experts from across the region, and field trips and site visits to learn from community members how they respond to these issues.

MOST Schools are an innovative capacity-building arm of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, designed to bridge the science-policy gap in various areas of UNESCO’s social development mandate.

Staff from Chulalongkorn University will lead the sessions with support from:

  1. Professor Surichai Wun'Gaeo, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Centre, Thailand
  2. Dr. Koichi Ikegami, President, International Rural Sociology Association (IRSA), and Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Kindai University, Japan
  3. Dr. Sue Vize, Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  4. Dr. Helmi Helmi, Professor, Agrarian Development, Department  of Agriculture and Vice Rector for Planning, Development and Cooperation at Andalas University, Indonesia
  5. Dr. Stewart Lockie, Distinguished Professor, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia
  6. Dr. Lutgarda L. Tolentino, President of Asian Rural Sociology Association (ARSA), the Philippines


Who should attend: Young researchers, graduate and post-graduate students, junior government officers involving in planning and implementation, and members of civil society groups.  Main working language will be English.  Applicants are requested to send the application form, curriculum vitae together with concise two-page research/academic/professional interest or focus to Dr. Chika Shinohara at <shinohc@andrew.ac.jp> by January11, 2018. The successful applicants will be contacted by email by January 20, 2013.  The first Thailand MOST school accepts 15-20 participants. There is no cost for participation, though travel and accommodation is at participants’ own expense.

To register please visit https://goo.gl/forms/vcbHVgzlvDSjCStx2


UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme

Chula-MOST School: Management of Social Transformation on Rural Sustainability


When, local time:  Friday, 26 January 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, 28 January 2018 - 5:30pm

Where:  Bangkok, Thailand

Type of Event:  Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Contact: Sue Vize, s.vize@unesco.org