Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development


Our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED) emphasizes economic and management perspectives of peace while focusing on the concepts of sustainability and responsibility. Its creation was based on the belief that to better contribute to the promotion of sustainable peace, it is imperative to explore what role the economy plays in the world today and its impact on our environment and societies’ wellbeing. Issues of rural and urban poverty, growing inequalities and disparities, environmental degradation, financial crises and globalization are challenging political economic stability and social cohesion in all societies. Modern society faces the growing challenge of sustainability; finding solutions that will maintain and protect social systems for future generations. Students from the RMSED Program will become responsible managers with strong emphasis on sustainability that will be able to work in the corporate sector, public sector or social sector, both in industrialized and developing countries.


So what is RMSED?

It is not a Master's degree in business nor economics, it is something which incorporates and goes beyond both.  The degree offers alternative methods of managing the ever-evolving political, economic and social problems faced by many societies. We will challenge you to analyze, debate and find creative solutions for building a better world. We need you in order to overcome today's challenges with your experiences, expertise and innovative ideas. So what are you waiting for? Join us! 

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Resident Faculty

Alonso Muñoz (Costa Rica)

Alonso Muñoz is Instructor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace, where he coordinates the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED).  He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica and a Msc. in Business Administration. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and as an entrepreneur, and has volunteered on various national and international projects regarding peace education, migration, environmental impact of systems and Social Enterprises. He is a novelist, a blogger, a peace advocate, an entrepreneur and passionate about social and environmental development.


Visiting Faculty

Mirian Vilela (Brazil)

Executive Director, Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Earth Charter Center on Education for Sustainable Development. Mirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Earth Charter Center on Education for Sustainable Development at the UPeace. Mirian has been spearheading the Initiative internationally since 1996, which has involved working with NGOs, Universities, Local Communities and Government officials. This effort was originally undertaken in collaboration with the National Councils for Sustainable Development initiative. She has lead and facilitated numerous international workshops and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. She has also participated in several annual meetings of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, as well as Preparatory Conferences to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Johannesburg Summit itself and the Rio+20 Conference. Prior to her work with the Earth Charter, Mirian worked for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) for two years in preparation to the 1992 UN Earth Summit and a year in UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. She moved from Geneva to Costa Rica in 1993 to join in the establishment of the Earth Council, an NGO established to follow up the Earth Summit agreements and promote the establishments of National Councils for Sustainable Development. Mirian is the coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, she holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow and a B.Sc. with focus on International Trade. She is currently working on a Doctorate on Education focusing her research on education for sustainability.


Jan Pronk (The Netherlands)

Currently professor of Theory and Practice of International Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands, he graduated as economist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL) in 1964.  He has been Minister for Development Cooperation from 1973-1977 and in 1989-1994 and Minister of Housing, spatial planning and enviornemnt in 1998-2002.  He has also been active Member of Parliament for several legislative periods.  From 2004 to 2006 he became the special representative Secretary General of the United Nations in Sudan and between 1980 and 1986 the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD in Geneva.  Between 2000-2001 he was elected as Chairman of the 6th Conference of Parites at the UN Convention on Climate Change.  In 2001 he joined the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of United Nations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2001-2003).  In 2002 he became Chairman of the Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London 2002-2004) and in 2003 also Chairman of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Geneva (2003-2004).  At the same time he was Chairman of the Federation of Refugee Organisations in the Netherlands from 2003 to 2004 and recently the President of the IKV, Interchurch Peace Council and the President of the Society for International Development (SID, Roma 2008-).<br /> During his carreer, he received several special honours as Dr Honoris Causa at the University San Marcos in Lima, Peru (1974) and at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (2002).  Among others, he also became the Officier of Legion D'Honneur of France (2001) and the Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau of the Netherlands (2002).


Andre Nijhof (The Netherlands)

André Nijhof (1969) has a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Twente. He started his working life as a researcher of organisational change in multinational companies like Akzo Nobel, Asito, Shell Pernis, Stegeman Sara Lee and Vredestein. Based on his research he finished his PhD at the University of Twente just before the turn of the century (1999). Next he became a senior consultant at Q-Consult, where he specialized in corporate social responsibility and the implementation of management systems. Andre is former chairman of the Dutch Network on Business Ethics. Since 2007 he has been associate professor at the European Institute for Business Ethics, part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit.


Nika Salvetti (Italy)

Former Coordinator of the RMSED Programme at the University for Peace, Costa Rica from 2009 to July 2011. She Owns a Msc in Post-war reconstruction, graduated with distinction in 1999, University of York (UK). Bsc in Economics, graduated Cum Laude, 1992, University La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). Technical Diploma in accounting and foreign Languages, graduated in 1986, (Italy). She has been working since 18 years in developing countries and war-torn societies in Africa (Uganda and Egypt), Asia (Indonesia), Middle East (Jordan, WBG, Lebanon, Yemen), Central America (Guatemala, Costa Rica) and the Balkans (BiH, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia) heading and managing emergency, rehabilitation and development projects for the European Commission (several years), SNV-Dutch Cooperation (1999-2001), CARE Nederland (2001-2008), MOVIMONDO (Consortium of Italian NGOs- 1995-1998).  She was also research fellow of the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP); University of York (UK) for research projects in Indonesia/Aceh and Lebanon/Beiruth; and of the University of Rome.





 the courses for the Academic Year 2014-2015:

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • DIL 6062 Workshop on Negotiation Skills (1 Credit) – Prof. Siniša Vukovic
  • GPB 6025 Gender Theories (3 Credits) – Prof. Jimena Alvarado
  • GPB 6026 Gender in Peace Building and Human Security (3 Credits) – Prof. Sara Sharratt
  • GPB 6022 Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Operations and in Humanitarian Assistance (3 Credits) – Prof. Anusanthee Pillay
  • GPB 6033 Research Methodology (3 Credits) – Prof. Ross Ryan and Prof. Jimena Alvarado
  • ELECTIVES (3 Credits) Participants can choose an elective course offered by the January UPEACE Institute  –  UPEACE Resident Faculty and Visiting Faculty
  • GPB 6060 Gender and Human Rights (3 Credits) – Prof. Alda Facio
  • GPB 6027 Gender in Conflict Resolution (3 Credits) – Prof. Ellyn Kaschak
  • GPB 6032 Principles and Practices in Gender Mainstreaming (1 Credit) – Prof. Virginia Cawagas
  • GPB 6028 Gender Identities and Queer Studies (3 Credits) – Prof. Gloria Filax
  • GPB 6029 Gender and Sustainable Environment and Economic Development (3 Credits) – Prof. Jimena Alvarado and Instructor Tara Ruttenberg
  • GPB 6015 Religion, Gender and Peace (2 Credits) – Prof. Toh Swee-Hin (S. H. Toh)
  • ELECTIVES (1 Credit) Participants can choose an elective course offered by UPEACE different programmes – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • UPE 6028 Simulation Exercise on Model of UN Conference (UPMUNC) (1 Credit) – Prof. Ross Ryan
  • GPB 7100 Independent Research Project (8 Credits)