The Faculty of Development Studies (FDS) is capitalized on the Graduate Program in Development Studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), which has been training development practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students since 2006. Since Cambodia needs more well-rounded development thinkers and doers, FDS was birthed at the right time and in the right place.
FDS envisions producing qualified human resources who are critical about development issues and innovative in solutions for development challenges. These people will perform a crucial role in the development industry at national, regional and global levels.
We see “development” as complex and intertwined economic, social, political, cultural and environmental issues. It is multi-disciplinary, multi-stranded and with multiple actors. It is both a process and an end itself. We tackle these issues in three inter-related departments: Community Development, Economic Development, and Natural Resource Management and Development.
We have over 40 faculty members who have been trained in various development models, approaches, theories and practices in Asia, Europe and America. Many of us have extensive instruction, research and work experiences in the ambit of development.
We have been conducting a number of research projects involving climate change in collaboration with local, regional and international organizations and universities. Key topics of research include forest biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate hazards, environmental regulation and governance, disaster risk reduction, payment for environmental services, vulnerability assessment, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.