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​​♦ An interview with Rajan Parajuli, a GDS PhD student, was conducted by Elsevier to highlight Rajan’s research on gender and telemedicine in Nepal in light of the Elsevier Atlas award noted earlier (see post below). AIT also added a news article on the award and interview on the institute’s website.


♦ On 9 March 2018, Professor Shahnaz Khan of Wilfrid Laurier university in Ontario, Canada, visited GDS and had a conversation with students on the topic of “Khwaja sara/transgender struggles for rights in Pakistan”. We thank professor Khan for her time and a most interesting discussion.

​♦ An article written by Rajan Parajuli, a GDS PhD student with his advisor, Dr. Philippe Doneys, as co-author, was awarded the Elsevier Atlas Award for December 2017. Atlas articles showcase research that can significantly impact people’s lives around the world.

The article titled “Exploring the role of telemedicine in improving access to healthcare services by women and girls in rural Nepal” was selected from thousands of recently published articles from across over 3,800 journals on ScienceDirect by an external advisory board made up of individuals from academia, civil society and international organizations.

The article’s award page can be found here.

And the article can be downloaded for free here.

Elsevier will soon hold a ceremony at AIT with the AIT President to celebrate this occasion.

Congratulations to Rajan and Dr. Philippe for this award !

​♦ Vu Duc Thao, a student in Gender and Development Studies participated in the 2018 International Winter School in Xi’an, China from 29/12/2017 to 12/01/2018. Thao said “I was impressed with ‘The Tang West Market Museum’ because it is a starting point of the Silk Road, and I can study everything rooted in history and culture. Interestingly, from a gender perspective, I realized that women in the Tang dynasty have better positions and power than other dynasties in ancient Chinese societies because they were independently involved in business activities. Moreover, I was amazed by the weather, diversity culture and international educational environment in China.”

Vu Duc Thao, center, with fellow students

Students in traditional Han Dynasty attire

​♦ 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):

See also the AIT news piece on this event at:

AIT’s ‘Gender, Technology and Development’ journal completes two decades of impactful work

​​♦ Ms. Noorie Safa, a master’s student in GDS, participated in the academic exchange program between Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology and Ochanomizu University while based at Ochanomizu University in July, 2017. Ms. Safa presented her current thesis on vulnerable masculinities of unregistered refugee Rohingya men living in Bangladesh. Ms. Safa said:

“This academic exchange program has played an important role to enhance my expertise and knowledge by giving me opportunity to exchange views, knowledge and experiences with reputed professors in the field of gender and masculinity, with organizations those work on refugee & LGBT issues and definitely with peer groups who share similar sets of interest like mine.”

♦ 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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