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Background

The Brown School offers several opportunities for students to affect social change worldwide. In particular, we've partnered with leading international universities to create symposia where students and professionals of social work and public health come together to share their perspectives on creating change through research, policy, and action.  

 Dean Lawlor lectures at China Institute

Institutes in China

The Brown School has partnered with the School of Social Development and Public Policy of Fudan University to conduct an intensive summer training program for junior faculty, graduates of universities of social work, senior administrators from government departments and NGO leaders in China. The courses will include policy analysis methods for social work, evidence-based policy, design and evaluation methods of social programs, and topics on social policy in China.  

  • 2013: At the Frontier of Social Policy and Social Work: Young Leaders Training
    Organizational Development and Policy Implementation
  • 2012: At the Frontier of Social Policy and Social Work: Young Leaders Training
    Organizational Development and Policy Implementation
  • 2011: At the Frontier of Social Policy and Social Work - Young Leaders Training
    Social Policy and Health Policy Reform 

 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Peking University in Beijing and the Brown School have hosted summer institutes where students learned about critical social policy issues, including: 

  • 2010: Rural-Urban Dynamics of Social Development (Beijing)
  • 2008: Mental Health in China and U.S.: Trends, Consequences and Interventions (Hong Kong and Xi'an)
  • 2007: Social Development - Poverty and Social Inclusion (Hong Kong and Kunming)
  • 2006: Aging in China (Hong Kong and Beijing) Read more about the first China Institute.

 

“The institute is more than just a partnership,” says Director of International Programs Gautam N. Yadama.  “It is a way to build a learning community among the three schools where joint research and teaching opportunities can be identified.”

 

Institute in India

The Brown School has partnered with the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in Andhra Pradesh, India, to work with community leaders and effectively utilize system dynamics modeling, participatory group model building methods, and participatory rural appraisal to address rural development problems in India.  These institutes emphasize the use of participatory group model building methods and transdisciplinary problem solving for engaging communities and catalyzing change.

FES is a non-profit organization working towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources in ecologically fragile, degraded and marginalized regions of India, through concentrated and collective efforts of village communities.

  • 2014: System Dynamics for Rural Development: Engaging Dryland Communities Toward Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems
    2013: System Dynamics for Rural Development: Engaging Dryland Communities Toward Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems
  • 2012: System Dynamics for Rural Development: Engaging Dryland Communities Toward Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems

 

The Brown School and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) have hosted institutes in India with the following thematic areas:  

  • 2011: Community Driven System Dynamics for Modeling Urban and Rural Development Problems and Interventions (Mumbai)
  • 2011: Towards Gender Aware Urban Development (Mumbai)
  • 2010: Mental Health, Poverty and Gender (Mumbai, Chennai, and Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • 2010: Linking People and Nature: Energy, Environment, and Development (Udaipur)
  • 2009: Mental Health, Poverty and Marginalization (Mumbai and Chennai)

          

         

        Institute in Chile

        The Brown School and the Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile hosted a winter institute in January 2011. The program included field work in community health centers and social services agencies in Santiago.   

        • 2011: Evidence-Based Family-Oriented Practice in Health and Social Services (Santiago)

         

         

         
         
         

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