We care deeply about sustainability, experiential learning, and study abroad.
As a part of that we’ve been writing about and sharing what we know. This page pulls together both papers we’ve published as well as what others have written. We’ve also included some links to some media resources for people writing about us.
A good way to get familiar with ISDSI is to go through our website, read about our courses and programs, and check out any attached PDFs of syllabi and course materials.
Articles we’ve written
Program Summary (PDF). A one page summary of our Sustainable Development Studies semester program.
Community Based Education in Thailand, in EarthEd (State of the World): Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, Worldwatch Institute, 2017
Sustainability Education, Experiential Learning, and Social Justice: Designing Community Based Courses in the Global South, Journal of Sustainability Education, May 2013
Theory and Pracitice of Experiential Learning and Sustainability, (PDF) April, 2011. This paper describes our approach to education and program design.
The Objective Hazards of Culture: Risk Management in International Settings, Proceedings of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference, 2004
Risk Management in Study Abroad: Lessons from the Wilderness, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Fall, 2003
Ecological Weaving: Karen tribal women tell how they are able to keep their culture alive through traditional weaving.
A Sustainable Life: Pi Aun tells his story of leaving the city to return to his home village to grow organic vegetables.
Mangroves and the Ocean: Ma Te explains how she cares for the mangroves, and how things have changed for her community with climate change and plastic pollution in the ocean.
Elephant Conservation and Ethical Tourism: Pi Pat explains his approach to saving the Asian elephant, and some of the problems around so called “ethical” tourism.
Elephant Health Care: Dr. Tip talks about being an elephant veterinarian, and how she uses both traditional herbal medicine and modern medicine to care for the elephants she loves.
Media coverage: What others have been writing about us and our projects
En Thaïlande, une université a été entièrement construite avec des conteneurs, Le Figaro Etudiant, October 10, 2018
Shipping Containers Leading New Thoughts on Architectural Design, Analog, October 10, 2018
En Thaïlande, cette université a été construite avec des conteneurs d’expédition recyclés, Creapills, October 8, 2018
Shipping Container School in Thailand Teaches Sustainable Construction, Chiang Rai Times, October 4, 2018
Shipping container building hosts students studying sustainable development in Thailand, Curbed, October 3, 2018,
This Thai university used 17 shipping containers to build its new campus, World Economic Forum, October 2, 2018 and here is their Video
Shipping container-based campus leaves nothing to waste, New Atlas, September 27, 2018
A Sustainable Campus is Built from 22 Recycled Shipping Containers, Inhabitat, September 20, 2018
6 of the World’s Quirkiest Co-Working Spaces, Inc. Magazine, April, 2018. Features a description of our coworking space.
Responsible Travel in Thailand: Social Enterprises in Chiang Mai You Should Visit. Mad Monkey Hostels, June 2018. Features a description of our cafe, Rx Cafe Chiang Mai.
Best Coworking Spaces in Chiang Mai. Mad Monkey Hostels, June 2018. Features a description of our coworking space.
Creating Sustainable Education Abroad Programs in Nontraditional Locations, International Educator, July + August, 2014
Farm to Table in Mae Taa, Thailand, Nom Nom Paleo Blog, 2013. A visit to one of our partner field sites with our friend and cookbook author Michelle Tam.
Using institutional arrangements to teach undergraduates about commons in Thailand, and beyond, L. Yoder and A. Bicksler, International Journal of the Commons, 2012
Study Abroad Opportunity in Thailand, Patagonia: The Cleanest Line, 2007
Investigating Conditions for Transfer of Learning in an Outdoor Experiential Study Abroad Course, M.A. Thesis, M. Anderson, Linköping University (Sweden) 2006
Learning Both Ways, Bangkok Post, December, 1999 (PDF)
Media resources: If you’re writing about us
We welcome articles about what we’re doing with our programs and sustainability initiatives! A great place to start is to watch this short video of students talking about the program: Why You Should Study Abroad with ISDSI in Thailand.
Who we are: ISDSI is an educational institute that teaches study abroad programs for American university students and others studying sustainable development and related topics.
Please email us with questions at [email protected] anytime, and once you’ve published please email us a link so we can feature you on this page!
If you’re writing about us and need photos, please email us at [email protected] so we can work with you to source the photos you need at the appropriate size and resolution.
We’ve provided a link to a Dropbox folder of high resolution photos of our shipping container architecture below. Please credit ISDSI with the photos and note our copyright on the images. For what we’ve written about the project, jump over to our Campus pages for a description and photos of the construction and design. Also, be sure to take look at our video tour of our campus, ISDSI’s New Home.
Dropbox folder with high resolution photos: ISDIS Architecture Photos
Social media resources