Environmental science, Human development, Poverty reduction, Sustainable development

In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and in cooperation with the Regional Environmental Center (REC)

Course date

7 July - 18 July, 2008
Application deadline
15 February, 2008
Course Director(s): 

Alexios Antypas

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Andrey Ivanov

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bratislava Regional Center, Slovakia
Course Faculty: 

Demetrios Argyriades

City University of New York, United States of America

Jacek Cukrowski

UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Dan Dionisie

Consumer Markets Unit, DG Health and Consumers (SANCO), European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Jakob Hurrle

Charles University, Institute for Social Geography and Regional Development, Prague, Czech Republic

Anna Kaplina

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bratislava Regional Center, Slovakia

Jaroslav Kling

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bratislava Regional Center, Slovakia

Susanne Milcher

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bratislava Regional Center, Bratislava, Slovakia

Massimiliano Montini

University of Siena, Italy

Aleksandra Novikova

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Marina Olshanskaya

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bratislava Regional Center, Slovakia

Adela Pozder

UNDP, Rights-based Assessment and Planning Project, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Geoff Prewitt

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bratislava Regional Center, Bratislava, Slovakia

Daniel Skobla

UNDP Bratislava Regional Center, UNDP, Country Support Team , Bratislava, Slovakia

Stephen Stec

Center for Environment and Security, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary/EyeOnEarth Access for All Special Initiative

Tamara Steger

Centre for Environmental Policy and Law, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Janos Zlinsky

Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), Szentendre, Hungary

The course is the third edition of the summer courses conducted jointly by the Central European University and the United Nations Development Programme alongside with other Human Development (HD) / Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related activities being implemented or managed by UNDP. The course in 2008 will have an explicit policy focus and will bring together practitioners, mid- and high-level policy makers, academia, and civil society activists from countries in the region as well as experts on issues of HD and MDGs, both from UNDP, CEU and other European institutions.

The overall aim of the course is to address the deficits in understanding and applying the concept of sustainable human development to development challenges in the region. It will consist of several mutually reinforcing topics and will be conducted involving wide range of actors - experts from Bratislava Regional Centre, universities in the region, UNDP country offices.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

In 2008 the course will generally maintain its initial structure addressing major areas sustainable of human development from both academic and policy angle. The experience so far suggests that this combination of theoretical exposure and practical experience makes it unique and interesting for participants not just from Europe and CIS but also beyond the region.

In 2008 the main purpose of the course will be to increase participants' awareness of HD and MDGs and their policy relevance in respective countries. It will consist of two modules - on-line self-learning module in April (fee paying participants should pass this module in June) and in-residence course at CEU in July. The self-learning module intended to familiarize the participants with the major theoretical approaches in the area of sustainable human development. The in-residence module will build on the initial knowledge the participants are expected to have gained from Module 1, will extend it through additional lectures and will bridge it with practical dimensions using the experience of practitioners from the region.

Ideally each day of the in-residence course will be devoted to one topic and will be structured in dual pattern - one part devoted to theoretical aspects of the topic and the second addressing practical dimensions and experience (how theory translates or does not translate into policy practice). Part of the time of the in-residence course will be devoted to developing individual projects related to the topics discusses. The participants will be asked to identify their preferences in advance, during Module 1. After the completion of Module 2 they are supposed to present the results of their individual work.

The selection of participants for the in-residence course will be made on the basis of the results of the test participants will pass after completing Module 1.