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2nd Winter Workshop on Developments in Climate Change and Sustainable Development


Jan. 21, 2019 10:00AM - Feb. 2, 2019 6:00PM

Venue: TISS

The Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS) invites applications for participation in the Winter Training Workshop on ‘Developments in Climate Change and Sustainable Development’. The Workshop will be held from 21 st January – 2nd February 2019 at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.


The Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies at TISS will conduct workshops under the project for “Human Capacity Building Programmes under National Mission for Strategic Knowledge on Climate Change” supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The objective of conducting the workshops is to build capacities to understand the multi-dimensional and complex nature of climate change. Two workshops will be conducted each year- summer and winter. Of these workshops the winter workshops will be directed towards building capacities of climate change practitioners from the social sciences, in understanding contemporary developments in climate science and the technical aspects of mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development. The summer workshops will be aimed at building capacities of climate change practitioners from natural science and engineering backgrounds in the social, political and economic dimensions of understanding climate change, its impacts, and the required and proposed interventions. A team of expert faculty will provide comprehensive engagement with the relevant scholarship and field studies to the participants of these workshops. The aim of the workshop is build an interdisciplinary understanding of how different disciplines interact and influence each other in the arena of climate change and sustainable development, both in terms of the theory and practice. One winter workshop for practitioners in social sciences was conducted in November 2017 and the summer workshop for practitioners of science and engineering was conducted in June 2018.

About the Winter Workshop on Developments in Climate Change and Sustainable Development

The winter workshop is aimed at doctoral students, teachers, researchers, professionals, and civil society practitioners working on climate change, sustainable development and related areas, who are formally trained in the social sciences and/or working primarily in areas of social research or intervention. Applicants interested in understanding the interconnections and interdependence of the natural sciences and technology, and the social sciences in the study and practice of climate change interventions are encouraged to apply. The participants are not expected to have a science or technology background but the emphasis will be on appreciation and interpretation of scientific methods, techniques and results relevant to climate change interventions. The workshop will be for the duration of 2 weeks and would include lectures, discussions, case study presentations and short projects that participants will be expected to work on. The topics that will be covered in the workshop will include basics of climate science, technical aspects of sustainability, natural resource economics, sectoral issues of climate change mitigation with a focus on energy, water and agriculture, and methods for assessing adaptation requirements and capacities. Participants will also be introduced to tools of environmental analysis including- GIS, EIA, SIA, Life Cycle Analysis and other data analysis methods. The workshop will be designed to present this training in ways that are relevant and accessible to social scientists and those working in the social sector.

Instructions for Applicants

  • Only 20 applications will be selected for participation in the workshop. This selection will be made based on the strength of the application. Participants will be given a certificate of participation at the end of the workshop by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
  • Applicants are requested to fill in the application form given here along with your CV to tiss.climatecentre@gmail.com by 15th December 2018.
  • Applicants will be informed of the status of their application by 25th December 2018.
  • The workshop is open strictly only to the selected participants. Applicants should be Indian citizens. No registration fees will be charged to the participants and the Centre will provide boarding and lodging to outstation participants for the duration of the workshop. The Centre will also reimburse outstation participants for long distance travel up to the amount equivalent to second AC train fare from their place of residence to Mumbai.
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