Since 2017, the International Master’s program in Social Sciences Development Studies) at Chiang Mai University has included a focus on land relations. This reflects a revitalized interest in land and its governance in the region involving academics, practitioners, activists and researchers. Through the focus, the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), who have instigated the program at Chiang Mai University, provides training to develop a high standard of knowledge and research skills for a new generation of land practitioners.
The first cohort of three students started in 2017. Ms Maw Thoe Myar and Mr Nyein Han Tun (both Myanmar), and Ms Chau My Duyen (Vietnam) received scholarships funded by MRLG (Mekong Region Land Governance project), with technical assistance provided by the Mekong Land Research Forum at Chiang Mai University. Following a conceptual and theoretical grounding in first year course modules, the second year involved field research towards a Master’s thesis. This brief looks at the achievements of the three students, who reflect on their experiences following the Master’s program, consider their aims for the future, and describe their thesis research. It is hoped that the brief will inform and inspire new students to join the program or seek equivalent schooling, thereby contributing to the training of land practitioners in the Mekong region.
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