ProSPER.Net Young Researchers School 2018
“Sustainable Urban Development for the World’s Megacities”
at Shonan International Village, Kanagawa, Japan
4 – 11 Maret 2018
Participants: Postgraduate students of Universitas Gadjah Mada, esspecially for Ph.D students (limited number of places available for Master students)
The emerging phenomena are set to significantly impact how we use and allocate resources and how infrastructures are designed and built to facilitate flow and access. Human populations are increasingly shifting from rural to urban lifestyles – meaning that cities, especially megacities, must maintain access to supplies of resources for growing urban populations. It must be recognized that a changing climate is affecting the natural resource cycles upon which human society is critically dependent on, with dire consequences for human populations.
The Young Researchers’ School will provide the participants with the opportunity to explore different dimensions of sustainability issues related to the current situation in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focusing on issues pertinent to megacities such as climate change mitigation and impacts, transportation systems, water security, waste management, built environment, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity & ecosystems, among others, specifically how policies and projects may provide integrative solutions to tackle sustainable development challenges.
Field trips related to specific projects by different stakeholders in a city will focus on how research can be applied to promote sustainable practices. Along with a series of lectures by resource persons, participants will be introduced to sustainability challenges related to urban development and management faced by local communities and the innovative approaches that can be used to address these. Based on these lessons, students will develop individual solutions and find ways to promote sustainable solutions.
While the programme will focus on urban development, students interested in any topic related to sustainable development are encouraged to apply, and will receive mentoring on the development of their own thesis proposal.
Program’s Aims : Participants in the Young Researchers’ School will;
- Develop advanced knowledge and skills in sustainability research and practice, with a special focus on
- Develop i.n-depth research design and planning skills
- Enhance transferable skills on communication, presentation and group work
- Become part of a network of sustainability researchers in the Asia-Pacific region
- Small group work on research proposal development, integrating lecture and fieldtrip topics into
proposal that addresses sustainable development challenge in the region
- Individual presentation development, using three minute thesis presentation to help students with
their own thesis development
- Active participation in all lectures, group work, and field trips, engaging with resource persons and
- Research communication activities
The Young Researchers’ School will engage students in the joint investigation of sustainability issues and also help them develop the important research skills needed for interdisciplinary problem-based research. Workshops at the Young Researchers’ School will focus on research skills and strategies for effective research design and planning, including student research plan presentations.
- Chosen a research topic for their PhD thesis work
- High level of understanding of written and spoken English language
- An advanced understanding of sustainability and its relevance to their own research
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and contribute to community service activities
- Limited seats are offered to Master students in ProSPER.Net member universities
Scholarships (only available in limited numbers) will cover:
- All costs of the Young Researchers’ School tuition
- A round-trip economy class ticket to Tokyo
- Visa processing fee (if applicable)