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South and Southeast Asia

The Sanford School of Public Policy’s connection to South and Southeast Asia is strong and growing. For example, after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, faculty members Elizabeth Frankenberg and Duncan Thomas collaborated with colleagues in Indonesia to develop a longitudinal survey to study the impacts of the tsunami and to track recovery. The project has followed 30,000 survivors, conducting surveys every year for the first five years, and is still working in the region.

Many Sanford students participate in a special summer programs in south and southeast Asia, like one based in India. Faculty members conduct policy research in both urban slums and rural villages. The school also helped design a master’s program in environmental public policy at Vietnam National University.

In addition, we offer custom-designed executive education programs to government officials in developing countries. Typically such training is offered through the Duke Center for International Development (DCID). Students come to study at Duke, and scholars often travel to provide training locally.

vietnam staff ride
02.15.2017

For 10 days in early January, nearly 40 Duke undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and alumni traced the path of the 1968 Tet Offensive through Vietnam

healthcare in rural india
01.10.2017

What happens when there are very high hopes for a particular policy idea, and then researchers conclude the results are not as promising as they once seemed? Are there lessons to be learned from this?