The UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) is now accepting applications for September 2012 entry to its PhD in Sustainability Science programme. This programme, based at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, will provide students a unique opportunity to study at a global university within the framework of the United Nations while enhancing their understanding and ability to tackle today’s global challenges.
The PhD in Sustainability Science programme aims to produce scholars who will become key researchers in the area of sustainability science. In seeking to achieve and promote a better understanding of three of the most pressing issues on the UN agenda — global change, peace and security, and development — UNU-ISP through its postgraduate programmes takes an innovative approach to sustainability, bridging these cross-cutting themes through research, educational and collaborative initiatives.
The programme aims to equip graduates with a combination of broad, comprehensive, multidisciplinary knowledge to understand problems in a holistic sense and a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability in addressing current issues related to global change. Students will write and defend a PhD dissertation on one of the research themes of UNU-ISP with a focus on global change and sustainability, bringing in perspectives from peace and security, or international development fields.
The PhD in Sustainability Science programme involves problem-oriented research that will enable students to acquire quantitative and qualitative analytical research skills to understand the underlying principles between the various systems involved in sustainability issues and debates. Through coursework and research, PhD will gain critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and technical literacy in addressing sustainability problems.
The deadline for application is 22 June 2012 for international applicants and 31 July 2012 for domestic (Japan) applicants.
Online applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm (Tokyo time) on the day of the deadline as specified above.
For more information, please see the UNU-ISP Doctoral Degree Programme page.