PhD Programme


At Noragric, particular emphasis is placed on Development Studies as related to agriculture and the environment. The wise management of natural resources is both a prerequisite to and key component of sustainable development. The factors involved in development are complex and interrelated.

Phd Programme

Definition of Development Studies in the Noragric context:

The field Development Studies is concerned with the processes, constraints, and opportunities for social, political, cultural, economic, ecological, institutional and technical change, progress and development in different societies and settings. Development aims at improving the life (livelihood security, environmental well-being, quality of life etc.) of people and it is most appropriately defined with their active participation.

Description of the Programme (Pdf)   

At Noragric, development studies is typically:

  • Holistic in analysis, yet problem-oriented and practical in aim
  • Pursued through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches which make use of the specialised expertise offered by various academic disciplines
  • Undertaken in partnership with local governments, institutions and groups
  • Concerned with sustainability, equity and empowerment

Rural development studies relate to problem-oriented studies at processes of change aiming at providing knowledge and increasing our understanding of the complexities of development processes. Based on increased knowledge and understanding, development studies are committed to contributing towards solving the problems being studied. Accordingly, development studies can be defined as the study of the interface of society and nature with the intention of contributing to the improvement of sustainability and equity. According to Amartya Sen, development is best seen as an expansion of people's capabilities. As such, development studies should also contribute to augmenting the human resources available to the development process.

PhD Courses at Noragric:

EDS430 Environment and Development Studies by and for PhD students
EDS415 Qualitative Methods in Development Studies

Regulations and Guidelines for PhD studies at NMBU
PhD Studies at NMBU

Published 13. November 2008 - 14:00 - Updated 21. June 2017 - 12:13

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