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The two year programme, M.A./M. Sc. in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies is a pioneering initiative of the School of Habitat Studies, being initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit at Rio, held in 1992. In the twenty years since Rio, both the issues of climate change as well as sustainability have become significantly more urgent.

The programme will be directed towards providing a base for further interdisciplinary research and learning on issues emanating from the interface of human society with the geophysical and the biological environment, both in the local and global sense. The various forms and aspects of this interaction would be examined in detail. The emphasis would be to understand the ecological and the economic and socio-political sustainability of these interactions in the light of developmental objectives and ecological constraints. The issues of economic development, poverty, human development and equity would be revisited and their interlinkages with the environment explored.

The MA programme will have a special focus on the issue of climate change which is among the most urgent global environment confronting the world today. The programme would seek to build amongst the students an in-depth understanding of the multi-dimensional and complex nature of climate change through comprehensive and thorough engagement with the relevant scholarship and field studies and interaction with practitioners, grass-roots workers and activists from communities and movements. This would entail looking into the reasons behind climate change, its impacts, the vulnerabilities of the future in the era of climate change and the complex responses required in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This programme will be based on an intensive four-semester schedule that combines theoretical perspectives and substantial fieldwork. The graduates from this programme will have a wide range of capabilities that will enable them to work and intervene in a number of possible locations, including development organisations, government agencies, departments and projects, academia, and other civil society and community based organisations. It will also provide the necessary background for students to potentially work in the field of climate change and sustainability with industry, both in the public and private sector. The extensive space devoted to their dissertation work will enable students to direct their learning towards working in any of the locations of their choice in the future.