Joint Summer Program with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and
Columbia University in the City of New York
July 31 – August 8, 2023
at Higashi-Hiroshima campus, Hiroshima University
Theme: “Collaboration in Natural Resource Management – Advancing Positive Peace and the SDGs”
The Summer Program will be aligned with ongoing research by the Instructor into regional sustainability issues in Japan associated with localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). That research is investigating the drivers of conflict and cooperation on SDG implementation using quantitative and qualitative research methods. The course will explore the connections between SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Under Water) & 15 (Life on Land). Students will be expected to identify a case study from the site list provided by the instructor in order to conduct an in-depth analysis. Students will undertake virtual data collection using secondary desk research as well as through participant observation and site visits with representatives of stakeholder groups. Students will be expected to conduct an analysis of the case and prepare a policy brief to be published in an online format. Click here for the call for applications.
This summer program is offered only to students from Hiroshima University, Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s partner universities, and Columbia University. For details and inquiries, please contact the Global Initiatives Group or Hiroshima University at kokusai-ryugaku<a>hiroshima-u.ac.jp.
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Through a combination of workshops, classroom instruction, field visits, & independent research, the program will enable students to:
(1) Integrate multiple types of data (quantitative, qualitative, geospatial, etc.) to identify the natural resources at stake in an environmental conflict and the technical aspects of sustainable resource management
(2) Analyze stakeholder needs, interests, and positions in order to understand the drivers of conflict;
(3) Conduct institutional review to assess the legal and administrative governance of resource and conflict management;
(4) Synthesize research findings and evidence-based policy recommendations via policy briefs that are targeted to stakeholder audiences and broader popular audiences.
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