A topic of global importance since the late 1980s, 'sustainable development refers to "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Report, 1987). It encompasses responsible utilization of environmental resources and the establishment of social and economic relations which enable that. Sustainable development is at the heart of global policies such as Agenda 21, which emerged from the UN Earth Summit in 1992, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals enshrined in a UN resolution since 2015.
Quality of governance is increasingly recognized as central to sustainable development, which requires achieving just and legitimate outcomes in major global socio-economic and environmental issues such as poverty, climate change, food security, and biodiversity loss.
Why study MA in Global Governance and Sustainable Development at Middlesex University?
As sustainable development now constitutes a significant global policy goal, intergovernmental, and governmental agencies, as well as private sector companies urgently need professionals that possess the kind of knowledge and skills required to ensure that it is enacted in practice. This master's degree aims to provide you with analytical skills and enhance your knowledge concerning global governance issues, approaches and instruments so that you can become such a professional.
You will explore various approaches to how intergovernmental and national strategies, policies, and projects about these global governance issues are formulated, implemented, and evaluated. The critical case study approach used in teaching will enable you to develop the skills required for working in the private sector or with global and national public or third sector agencies leading and managing change in a global environment.