Posted on 08/05/2013
MSc Practising Sustainable Development students and staff, May 2013
MSc students on the MSc Practising Sustainable Development degree, including those on the ICT4D stream, have been presenting their research before heading off to conduct their fieldwork. In the one-day event, the proposed research covered themes as diverse as the political ecology of community-based conservation in Zululand, South Africa; pricing Fair Trade products to include the unpaid work of women in Nicaragua; coping with variable food insecurity on a West London estate; and the role of FrontlineSMS technology in health projects in Rwanda.
The presentations form a key step in preparing students for fieldwork which is fundamental to their 12-15,000 word dissertations. The presentations demonstrated the diversity of themes covered in the MSc degree, not least the importance of challenging North-South divisions and the politics of development interventions and research.
Students taking the MSc come from all over the world. This year's cohort has students from Japan, Rwanda, South Africa, Italy and the USA, as well as the UK. Past graduates have gone into a range of careers in the NGO, public and private sectors, as well as continuing onto PhD study. for further information, please see the MSc Practising Sustainable Development website and the specific website for the ICT4D stream.