School of Habitat Studies

Winter School Workshop on Developments in Climate Change and Sustainable Development


Venue: TISS

The Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS) invites applications for participation in the Winter Training Workshop on ‘Developments in Climate Change and Sustainable Development’. The Workshop will be held from 21st November -4th December 2017 at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai


The Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies at TISS will conduct four workshops under the project for “Human Capacity Building Programmes under National Mission for Strategic Knowledge on Climate Change” supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The objective of conducting the workshops is to build capacities to understand the multi-dimensional and complex nature of climate change. Of these four workshops, two will be directed towards building capacities of climate change practitioners from the social sciences, in understanding contemporary developments in climate science and the technical aspects of mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development. The remaining two workshops will be aimed at building capacities of climate change practitioners from natural science and engineering backgrounds in the social, political and economic dimensions of understanding climate change, its impacts, and the required and proposed interventions. A team of expert faculty will provide comprehensive engagement with the relevant scholarship and field studies to the participants of these workshops. The aim will be to go beyond simply training one set of practitioners in other disciplines, but to build an interdisciplinary understanding of how different disciplines interact and influence each other in the arena of climate change and sustainable development, both in terms of the theory and practice.

About the Winter Workshop on Developments in Climate Change and Sustainable Development

The winter workshop is aimed at doctoral students, teachers, researchers, professionals, and civil society practitioners working on climate change, sustainable development and related areas, who are formally trained in the social sciences and/or working primarily in areas of social research or intervention. Applicants interested in understanding the interconnections and interdependence of the natural
sciences and technology, and the social sciences in the study and practice of climate change interventions are encouraged to apply. The participants are not expected to have a science or technology background but the emphasis will be on appreciation and interpretation of scientific methods, techniques and results relevant to climate change interventions. The workshop will be for the duration of 2 weeks and would include lectures, discussions, case study presentations and short projects that participants will be expected to work on. The topics that will be covered in the workshop will include basics of climate science, technical aspects of sustainability, natural resource economics, sectoral issues of climate change mitigation with a focus on energy, water and agriculture, and methods for assessing adaptation requirements and capacities. Participants will also be introduced to tools of environmental analysis including- GIS, EIA, SIA, Life Cycle Analysis and other data analysis methods. The workshop will be designed to present this training in ways that are relevant and accessible to social scientists and those working in the social sector.

Instructions for Applicants

Only 20 applications will be selected for participation in the workshop. This selection will be made based on the strength of the application. Participants will be given a certificate of participation at the end of the workshop by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Applicants are requested to fill in the application form given here along with your CV to by 15 October 2017.

Applicants will be informed of the status of their application by 30 October, 2017.

The workshop is open strictly only to the selected participants. No registration fees will be charged to the participants and the Centre will provide boarding and lodging to outstation participants for the duration of the workshop. The Centre will also reimburse outstation participants for long distance travel up to the amount equivalent to second AC train fare from their place of residence to Mumbai.