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​♦ GDS welcomes 4 new students in the January semester 2018, as follows:

  • Meheri Tamanna (Bangladesh), Doctoral degree program
  • Lan Thi Nguyen (Vietnam), Doctoral degree program
  • Jennifer Kyaw (Myanmar), Master’s degree program
  • Tein Wan (Myanmar), Master’s degree program

​We are pleased to welcome them into the GDS family and we wish them the best with their studies.

​♦ The GDS hosted journal, Gender, Technology and Development (GTD) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. GTD is an international peer-reviewed (double blind) journal that was published by SAGE publications for the past 20 years. In mid-2017, we have moved to a new publisher, Taylor and Francis, and we are proud to announce that the first double issue is now out (November 2017) at the following address (AIT internal users have free access to all articles):

​♦ Dr. Philippe Doneys has been interviewed by the Sociological Bulletin of the Department of Sociology at Université Laval on his experience with AIT and Gender Studies; collaborations with Université Laval, and upcoming projects. The full interviewed is in French and can be read by clicking here.


♦ Students of gender, enterprise and organization visited the association for the promotion of status of women in Don Muang to learn about social enterprise and how it can support the protection and empowerment of women.


♦ Seminar on Close Encounters of Another Kind: Sexual Minorities, Violence and Resistance by    Ms Shubha Chacko the Executive Director of Solidarity Foundation on Friday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

♦ GDS students, Nguyen Quynh Phuong, Aye Chan Myae, and Tiwaporn Himsaku, presented at The 1st Next-Generation Seminar for JSPS Core- to-Core Program “Research on the public policies on migration, multiculturalization and welfare for the regeneration of communities in European, Asian and Japanese societies” on 21 October 2016 at Kobe University, Japan.

♦Between 29th of August to 5th of September 2016, Master students Miss Chitrakshi Vashisht and Mr Khamnuan Kheuntha have undertaken an academic exchange program between Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology and Institute for Gender Studies, and Ochanomizu University. 

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♦A joint student seminar between Ochanomizu University, Japan and GDS, AIT was held on 13 September 2016 at SERD Building, AIT. Seven papers were presented. Dr. Philippe Doneys of GDS/AIT and Dr. Witchayanee Ocha of Rangsit University International College served as commentators of the presentation. Four Ochanomizu University students under a student exchange program were at AIT from 10-16 September, attending classes at AIT, and visiting organizations in Bangkok.

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♦GDS students visited UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to learn about activities of UN Women as well as various international conventions related to gender equality and Sustainable Development Goals on 8 September 2016. We would like to thank Ms. Janneka Kukler, Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist for the very informative and inspiring lecture.


“GDS students visiting the office of UN Women in Bangkok”

A GDS student, Mr. Khamnuan Kheuntha, has been awarded the GAF6 student presentation award at the 6th Global symposium on gender and fisheries, held at the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum during 4-6 August in Bangkok. Mr. Khamnuan’s presentation was titled The adaptability to shock in small-scale fishing community: case studies Bang Ya Preok sub-district, Samut Sakorn Province”. See more here.


Mr. Khamnuan Kheuntha (left) at the conference.

GDS alumna Naw Aye Aye Hlaing interviewed in Mizzima (22-08-2016) about her work with WCDI (Women Can Do It) in Myanmar.

♦ For applicants from Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand, there are two IDRC funded Master’s degree scholarships available for studies in GDS. For these GDS IDRC funded scholarships the application deadline was extended to 15 June 2016. For more information click here. Another Master’s degree scholarship is available as part of the project on “Migration and collectives/networks as pathways out of poverty: Gendered vulnerabilities and capabilities of fishing communities in Asia” supported by the Norwegian Research Council through NTNU, Norway (deadline also 15 June 2016). More information on this scholarship can be found here. For further August 2016 Scholarships and Fellowships to study at AIT, click here.

♦Special Lecture by Professor Ragnhild Lund of NTNU on “Theorizing Women and gender through Time: An Autobiography Presentation” on 3 February 2016. See here. Another special lecture on “Gender Based Violence (GBV) in poor and marginalised settings” is on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

♦ CALL FOR PAPERS: Regional conference on integration of migrants and social policy issues, 29-30 June 2016, Mahidol Migration Center, Mahidol University, Thailand. For details click here.


♦ AIT’s Assoc. Professor Kyoko Kusakabe, Professor Rajendra Shrestha and Veena N. edit new book “Gender and Land Tenure in the Context of Disaster in Asia”.

For details click here.


♦ GDS warmly welcomes Dr. Joyee Chatterjee as a new full time faculty member in the field of study. Dr. Joyee has a Ph.D. in Communication, from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her areas of interest include Gender and Development Communication, Global Health Communication, and Gender and Culture. Dr. Joyee will be offering the Gender and Health course this intersem period.

♦ A new book titled “Gendered Entanglements: Revisiting Gender in Rapidly

Changing Asia” published by NIAS and edited by GDS’ Assistant Professor and Field of Study coordinator Dr. Philippe Doneys and Visiting Faculty Dr. Bernadette Resurrection, in collaboration

genderentang with NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and  Technology) just came out. The overall objective of this volume is to revisit gender as a concept that can engage simultaneously with change and continuity in today’s Asia, but with greater intellectual reflexivity to examine multiple, intersecting, and complex dimensions of identity and difference, and formerly unacknowledged sources of social power from institutions and their emerging discourses. Information can be found on the NIAS press website here or on Amazon, here. The book was honoured at this year’s Geographical Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Book Event at the 2015 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.


♦GDS alumna May Sabe Phyu (3rd from left) receives the 2015 International Women of Courage Award in Washington, D.C., USA. See also the AIT news page here.

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♦Read the new report on “Masculinity and Gender-Based Violence in Bangladesh” written by GDS (led by Dr. Philippe Doneys). The report is part of the UN Multi-Country study on Men and Violence initiated by Partners for Prevention (P4P) which is a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV Asia-Pacific regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention.

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