About The Field
The rapid growth of resource use and the acceleration of land conversion to feed and house an expanding population have created a new set of transboundary and global commons problems. During the past 30 years, the international community has attempted to reverse the loss of fisheries, forests and species, the disruption of the atmosphere and climate, the degradation of land, air and water and the global distribution of toxic substances by implementing hundreds of bilateral and multilateral agreements. Many of these treaties and soft law declarations impose totally new responsibilities upon national governments, and create new approaches to the relationships among states and with the private sector and non-governmental organizations. The program demonstrates how environment and resource issues are integral to the ongoing economic development process and are critical to the security of societies. The role of science in developing sound policies is emphasized, as is the role of technology choice and the policies that influence them. Clashes such as those that occur between trade and environmental treaty regimes, forest protection and sovereignty and between developed and developing countries create new challenges for international diplomacy. The program emphasizes the need to utilize multiple disciplinary tools from science, economics, politics, law and engineering in developing sustainable solutions. Students are required to take P250: Environmental Problem Solving as the core course for the field. P250 requires completion or co-enrollment in either B205: Data Analysis and Statistical Methods or E213: Econometrics.
Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive field requirements in a given academic year.
These are a sample of Fletcher current students and alumni focusing on International Environment and Resource Policy:
Outside the Classroom
- MINT Energy - Burlington, MA
- US Department of State Office of Electricity & Energy Efficiency - Washington, DC
- US Department of State, Energy Bureau - Washington, DC
- World Bank Climate Group - Washington, DC
- Center for Disaster Preparedness - Anniston, AL
- United Nations Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS
- UN Office of Sustainable Development - Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Africa Institute for Energy Governance - Kampala, Uganda
- Growald Family Fund - Boston, MA
- Global Green Growth Institute - Seoul, Republic of Korea
- World Wildlife Fund - Washington, DC
- Global Water Partnership: Mediterranean - Athens, Greece
- PACT International - La Paz, Bolivia
Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty
"Classes at Fletcher don’t stagnate; they are dynamically evolving every day, enriched by professors and students working together in a spirit of engaged, respectful inquiry."
— Kelly Sims Gallagher, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, Director of the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy
Other faculty with expertise in the field: