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MIDA24 - Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management

This course is one part of the LUMID international master programme.

LUMID is an interdisciplinary two year master programme in international development and management conducted in English. The programme runs over two years. LUMID is open to both Swedish and international students, who wish to prepare for a career in international aid and development cooperation, or who wish to further their academic studies with this profile.

LUMID is one of the most popular and successful programmes at Lund University with around 1000 applicants for 40 places. Emphasis on applied knowledge and interdisciplinarity has resulted in a remarkable success rate, with nearly 100 percent of our students completing their degrees within two years of starting the programme. Students spend the third semester in a developing country of their choice combining academic course work with practical work. During this semester they apply the theoretical knowledge they have acquired during the first year of campus based study in Lund.

More details of LUMID are found below.


The course covers issues pertaining to the use and management of land, water and biological resources; environmental concerns; climate change and methods of assessing and handling data related to natural resources in a development context.

The main objective is to see natural resource use and management in developing countries from a socio-ecological perspective. The main focus is on land, water and biological resources in the light of climate change and variability. Through individualised and group work, students will be able to critically examine the current use/misuse of natural resources in relation to development. Students will acquire the necessary knowledge and concrete skills to understand physical processes and to analyse interactions between human agency and natural systems. The course will introduce the idea in ecological economics of provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services (such as biodiversity, carbon storage, pollination, water purification, etc.) as well as theories and concepts in political ecology and critical human approaches. The course will prepare them to use this knowledge for promoting sustainable use and management of natural resources in a professional role, such as that of policymakers, trainers or practitioners in government agencies, private firms or NGOs.

The course is organised around a series of lectures and seminars covering key issues in soil, water and vegetation processes relating to the use and management of these resources. Lectures and seminars are followed by project work, both individually and in groups, in which challenges in natural resource use and management are treated in more depth. Students will be encouraged to search individually and collectively for information, and to analyse and present syntheses of literature. The course will conclude with seminars to present, discuss and defend student projects and papers.

The course is convened and coordinated by Sara Brogaard, LUCSUS. Linus Zhang from the Department of Water Resources Engineering, and Ann Åkerman,
Anne Jerneck, Lennart Olsson from LUCSUS teach on the course.

Course Syllabus

Link to LUMID Page

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