PhD Programme - International Environment and Development Studies

At Noragric, particular emphasis is placed on Development Studies related to agriculture and the environment. The effective management of natural resources is both a prerequisite to and key component of sustainable development. 

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.

Programme description (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 7. November 2018 - 10:28