International Environment and Resource Policy


About The Field

The Field of International Environment & Resource Policy (IERP) examines and supports environment and natural resource policymaking and management in order to sustain natural systems while improving human prosperity and well-being. The curriculum emphasizes the study of links, synergies, and conflicts between economic activity and environmental protection and the assessment of the societal and environmental impacts of environmental governance. IERP provides a rigorous foundation of analytic tools from social and natural sciences, law, and engineering; rich contextual knowledge from leading scientists and practitioners; and training in the art of learning to solve complex environmental problems. The research and real-world engagement of IERP faculty shape clean energy policy, climate policy, agricultural development, forest management, food systems, public health, sustainable infrastructure planning, global environmental politics and treaties, fresh water management, sustainable development policy, and environmental security. The components of the IERP curriculum equip students to be able to understand and produce analytically-sound assessments, develop subject-matter expertise, engage deeply with case study material, contribute meaningfully as student interns, write incisive and transformative capstones, and leave Fletcher with a competitive edge in the job market.


Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's course bulletin and to Fletcher Connect for definitive requirements in a given academic year.

Core Requirements for the Field
This Field requires 4 credits even if you pass the E201: Introduction to Economic Theory Equivalency Exam. In their first Fall Semester, students are required to take DHP P250 “Environmental Problem Solving.” P250 requires completion or co-enrollment in either EIB B205 “Data Analysis and Statistical Methods” or EIB 213 “Econometrics.” Two additional substantive courses from the following list are also required, all of which require completion of or co-enrollment in DHP250 “Environmental Problem Solving”

Elective Courses

Current Students & Alumni

These are a sample of Fletcher current students and alumni focusing on International Environment and Resource Policy:

Andrew Freedman Fletcher
Nengah Ariastiti, The Fletcher School
John Whitehead Fletcher
Andrew Freedman
Senior Science Writer,
Climate Central

   Read Andrew's story

Nengah Yuni Ariastiti
International Environment and Resource Policy,
International Organizations

Read Nengah's story

John Whitehead
MIB 11
Capture Manager, Trimble Navigation

   Read John's story

Outside the Classroom

  • Scaling Alternative Energy: The Role of Emerging Markets
  • Rising Tide: Development and Climate Change - Where is the Justice?
  • Living Deliberately to Reduce Climate Impacts at Home
  • Environmental Subsidiarity - Robert Moir, Ocean Rivers Institute
  • A Blueprint for Green Energy in the Americas
  • Energy Transitions Past and Future
  • Fukushima: The Facts of the Accident and The Lessons Learned
  • Development Diplomacy: A Perspective from Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean: Hydrocarbon Resources and Opportunities
  • Biodiversity for a Livable Climate: Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming First Conference and International Action Week
  • A Conversation with David Kenny, CEO of the Weather Company
  • U.S. Energy Policy with Dr. Susan Tierney
  • Barbara Kates-Garnick on Women in Energy: Career Opportunities and Lifestyle Choices
  • Mexico’s Energy Reform: Regulatory Policy, its Execution and International Perspective
  • 10th Annual Tufts Energy Conference
  • Hitachi Center Speaker Series: Innovations in Energy Access Distribution and Finance
  • Solar 101: A Primer on Solar Energy Technology
  • Water Securities and Insecurities
  • Geopolitics of Russian Oil and Gas: Limits of Sanctions and Counter-Sanctions
  • 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
  • "The Illegal Oil industry in Nigeria: Its Origins and Consequences"
  • "The Subtle Dance of Escalation: A Case Study of the Conflict Over Oil Revenue Sharing in Iraq"
  • "Electricity Generation in Pakistan: Planning for the Future"
  • “Effect of State Incentives on Plugin Electric Vehicle Sales in the U.S.”
  • “Food Security, Monoculture, and the Black Box: Impact and Causal Mechanisms of the Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting, and Hillside Irrigation Program in Rwanda"
  • “Advancing Water Security the Sahel: Prospects and Considerations for US Defense Sector Engagement”
  • “FPIC in Practice: A Case Study on Angkor Gold in Cambodia”
  • "Resolving the Dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea: Mutual Gains and Valuing Environmental Goods"
  • "Campi ya Kanzi Case Study: Ecotourism Marketing in Kenya"
  • "A Tale of Two Electricities: A Comparative Analysis of Smart Grid Development in the U.S. and China"
  • "Environmental Security: Possibilities for US Military Engagement"
  • "Geopolitics of Energy in the Caspian Sea Region: Azerbaijan's Challenges"
  • "Prospect of Energy Link Between Central Asia and China: A Study on the Development of 'Energy Silk Route,' the Turkmenistan - China Pipeline"
  • "Additionality of the Clean Development Mechanism: Insights from Central American Case Studies"
  • "Farm Animal Welfare and WTO Law: Assessing the Legality of Policy Measures"
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • Fletcher Energy and Environment Club
  • Fletcher Food Policy Club
  • Urbanism Society

Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

Kelly Sims Gallagher, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at Tufts Fletcher School"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:

Steven Block, Professor of International Economics at Tufts Fletcher School Avery Cohn, Assistant Professor of Environment and Resource Policy Bruce Everett, Adjunct Associate Professor at The Fletcher School Ann Rappaport, Lecturer, Tufts Fletcher School
Steven Block Avery Cohn Bruce Everett Ann Rappaport
Shinsuke Tanaka, Assistant Professor of Economics at Tufts Fletcher School Joel Trachtman, Professor of International Law at Tufts Fletcher School David Wirth, Visiting Professor at The Fletcher School
Shinsuke Tanaka Joel Trachtman David Wirth