Livelihoods and Governance

Livelihoods and Governance is a specialisation of the MSc in Environment and Development.

This emphasizes people’s livelihoods and environmental resources, and the governance links between these. The specialization is oriented towards social science theories and concepts related to analysing and understanding challenges at the nexus of agriculture, livelihoods, and governance at local and household levels. Students will  learn a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques and learn to analyse and interpret different forms of data to generate consistent conclusions. This includes the ability to apply principles, theories, and frameworks to case studies and critically engage in research and debates related to local development and environmental resource governance.

Livelihoods and Governance consists of a number of compulsory courses, elective courses and restricted elective courses during the first year.

  • Compulsory courses – 30 ECTS-points
  • Restricted elective courses – 30 ECTS-points
  • Elective courses – 15 ECTS-points
  • Thesis – 45 ECTS-points

The thesis must be based on at least two months of field work.

The programme structure is shown below. Please note that the suggested block placement of restricted elective and elective courses is not mandatory. The placement depends on the courses chosen.

Programme structure

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Practising Interdisciplinarity Environment and Development – from theory to practice Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management Elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course
Year 2 Restricted elective course Thesis
Restricted elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.