Project work at Aalborg University

My study at Aalborg University is strongly founded on group oriented project work. I have gained valuable experience and skills from this approach. Firstly, the study of real relevant cases has nurtured my ability to analyse problems. This includes defining the problem, finding the framework to analyse it and finally drawing conclusions from the study. Secondly, working in groups with students from very different cultural backgrounds has made me confident to work in highly international environments. Thus I feel privileged to have completed my studies from the programme.

List of projects

Full electronic versions of the projects can be obtained on request by sending an e-mail. Please refer to the contacts page.

Master's Thesis

TitleLivelihoods Dilemma in Mekong Development: A study of the Upper Mekong Navigation Project.
AuthorSuratsawadee P. Oblak
SupervisorOle Gunni Busck, Associate Professor
AbstractA study on development, natural resources, human and environment interactions, and poverty reduction in the Mekong Sub-regional countries. The thesis investigates, evaluates and questions the development of the Mekong River for commercial navigation. The development plans have raised conflicts and created tension between upstream/downstream countries, and between the states and local people who live by the river and gain their livelihoods from it. The thesis is concerned with social and environmental justice, encompassing the angle of human rights for the environment as well as poor peoples' right of access to environmental resources, livelihoods, and well-being. The analysis is done in the sustainable livelihoods framework and additionally draws on institutional analysis.

Internship Project

TitleCan a Pandemic be stopped by Information and Participation. A study on the Bird Flu case in Thailand.
AuthorSuratsawadee P. Oblak
SupervisorOle Gunni Busck, Associate Professor
Thailand Environment Institute
AbstractThe thesis studies the roles of public participation and information when attempting to control and prevent the spread of epidemics. The bird flu outbreak in Thailand serves as a case study. The thesis argues that the rights to access to public information as well as participation in policy formulation and decision-making must be guaranteed and institutionalised for any measures to control an epidemic to be effective.

Group semester project

TitlePolicy and Implementation: The Dilemma of Sustainable Development. A study on Oil, Shell and Nigeria.
AuthorsSuratsawadee P. Oblak, Motoko Uda, Dickson Onwuka Uduma, Britta Weihmann
SupervisorOle Gunni Busck, Associate Professor
AbstractA study on policy and implementation of sustainable development (SD) philosophy. The project is based on the case study of oil development businesses in Nigeria, where environmental problems and human rights violation have been documented and experienced by the indigenous people living on or near oil industry sites. The aim is to investigate the roles of both state and non-state actors in implementing sustainable development policies, which all actors claim to advocate. The thesis studies the impacts of the oil development on the environment, people and society. It scrutinises and questions how economic growth, social development, and environmental conservation can go hand in hand, and if it is possible, at all, to implement SD in reality. The thesis finally points towards corporate social responsibility (CSR) and good governance of the state.

Group semester project

TitleEducation for Development – A study of conventional and alternative education with a focus on Cuba, Tanzania, and Mozambique.
AuthorsKennet Christensen, Maren Christensen, Suratsawadee P. Oblak, Antonio Paoliello, Anders Thygesen, Motoko Uda
SupervisorMammo Muchie, Professor
AbstractThe thesis presupposes that education is a base for development of individuals and countries. Thus, basic education is to be guaranteed for everyone, as it is a prerequisite and stepping stone for ones’ social and economic development. Yet, what kinds of education or knowledge should the developing countries embrace in order to better the human capabilities of their citizens? The thesis seeks to find out if conventional education fits everyone or there should be other kinds of education, and whether people themselves should take part in and voice which kinds of education they want and need for their lives.

Last update: Dec. 17 2010


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