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An Interdisciplinary Approach

We integrate emerging science, engineering, and business concepts with more traditional subjects such as economics, international law and policy, negotiation, diplomacy, resource management, and governance systems.

Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance

Elements of International Environmental Policy
International Environmental Negotiations
Sustainable Development Diplomacy


International Environmental Law 


Health Economics
Environmental Economics


Innovation for Sustainable Prosperity

Energy and Climate

Clean Energy Technologies and Policy
Climate Change amd Clean Energy Policy
International Energy Policy
Petroleum in the Global Economy


Maritime (Oceanic) History 
The International Relations of the China Seas
Water and Diplomacy (series)

Advanced Topics

Corporate Management of Environmental Issues
Geographic Information Systems
Managing Complex Systems: From Dynamic Networks to Tipping Points
Policy Evaluation

CIS 203 & 204:Water & Diplomacy I & II: Water Science and Systems | Public Policy Science & Ecological Economics

Water resources are increasingly over-used, water quality is sub-optimal, and ecological integrity is excessively taxed. Water conflicts occur when natural, societal, and political forces interact. Together, these forces create water networks. As population growth, economic development and climate change create pressure on finite water resources, management of these water networks becomes critically important. This interdisciplinary water diplomacy seminar sequence is designed to encourage students to combine multiple perspectives in order to explore solutions to water conflicts and the negotiations required to achieve those solutions.

Water Diplomacy I: CIS 203 Water Science and Systems: This course is designed for students of the "societal domain" (social science, policy, and diplomacy) to provide an overview of "natural domain" variables (Water Quantity; Water Quality; Ecology) related to water issues. Shafiqul Islam, David Small, and Richard Vogel

Water Diplomacy II: CIS 204 Public Policy Science and Ecological Economics: This course is designed for all "natural domain" (natural science and engineering) students and will provide an overview of "societal domain" variables (Governance; Economics; Values) related to water issues.

These two courses will be followed by: 

DHP D250: Water Diplomacy III: Synthesis of Science, Policy, and Politics of Boundary Crossing Water Problems

The course is a synthesis of science, policy and politics of water and builds on the concepts and methodologies covered in Water Diplomacy I and II. It will focus on water conflicts, negotiations and cooperation, and integrate scientific origins of water conflicts from emerging ideas from theory and practice of complexity and negotiation. It will emphasize both quantitative and qualitative approaches to analyzing water conflicts through negotiations using recent advances in collective actions in managing common pool resources with mutual gains approach within an analytical framework of water diplomacy. Students will test their understanding of these principles and approaches by participating in a new complex negotiation simulation exercises on water cooperation and conflicts we call, Indopotamia. Nancy Gleason and Shafiqul Islam. Fall semester.
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DHP P213m: Managing Complex Systems: From Dynamic Networks to Tipping Points

Efforts to improve the human condition without causing harm are oftentimes dependent on our understanding of the principles that underlie complex systems. Complex systems try to determine how the relationships between dynamic networks give rise to the collective behaviors of a social system and how the social system interacts and forms a relationship with its environment. This seminar introduces the added value of taking a systems approach to managing complexity and introduces two methods and software applications for systems analysis. It begins by exploring several case studies that relate to the three pillars of sustainability, i.e., economic growth, environmental protection and social development; the case studies will focus on business management, climate change and armed conflicts. This seminar equips students with the conceptual and analytical skills they need to study and manage complex systems across various disciplines. 
Mihaela Papa and Patrick Meier (not offered 2013-2014).

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DHP P250: Elements of International Environmental Policy

This course is designed to provide an introduction to international environmental policy development beginning with the scientific identification of the problem, the assessment of its economic and social impact, and the political forces that shape international agreements. Following a short introduction to some of the basic scientific and economic factors that characterize most environmental problems, the course examines five case studies that illustrate the range of international problems facing diplomats and corporations. Bilateral, multilateral and commons issues are studied using examples of air, climate, water, fisheries, and forests/biological diversity. Mihaela Papa. Fall semester.
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DHP P251: International Environmental Negotiations

The unique nature of environmental problems has brought a new style to international negotiations, which relies much more heavily on scientific and other technical expertise. Because the scientific knowledge base is constantly evolving, far more flexible, process oriented treaties are being negotiated to address environmental issues than has traditionally been the case in other areas. This course brings together a scientist and a negotiation specialist to examine with students the nature of the international environmental negotiation process and its evolution. Mihaela Papa and Lawrence Susskind (not offered 2013-2014).
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DHP P253: Sustainable Development Diplomacy

The principle goal of the course is to acquaint students with a thorough understanding of Sustainable Development Diplomacy (SDD) from both a governance and negotiation viewpoint. By looking at foreign policy through a sustainability and development lens, students will learn of the complexity of the competing claims on natural resources and the role that global natural resources play in national and international security, business relations, and trade policies. The governance and negotiation lessons are drawn from a range of real-world natural resource policy responses, such as in the field of forests, water, food, and climate change.
Mihaela Papa and Patrick Verkooijen. Fall semester.

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DHP P254: Climate Change and Clean Energy Policy

This course examines how governments can and might respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the complex problem of global climate change. We begin with a study of the latest scientific understanding of the problem. Then, the technological options, the economic dimensions, the role of the private sector, and the domestic and international politics related to addressing climate change are explored. The policies of the major emitting countries are analyzed and compared. The international climate negotiations are analyzed. Policy tools are assessed against different criteria. The course will introduce and strengthen multidisciplinary policy analysis skills. Kelly Sims Gallagher. Fall semester.
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DHP P255: International Energy Policy

Energy affects every dimension of human society including basic living conditions, mobility, and economic prosperity. Energy is at the heart of some of the most intractable environmental problems, national security challenges, and economic development strategies. Energy is also central to addressing each of these challenges. This course maps how issues differ among countries, exploring basic differences between industrialized and developing countries. The policies of major energy consumers and producers are compared. International energy policy topics such as the geopolitics of oil and gas, energy markets, climate change, public health, and international energy-technology cooperation and competition are covered. Spring semester. Francisco Monaldi. Spring semester.
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DHP P256: Innovation for Sustainable Prosperity

Technological Innovation is the main source of economic growth and improvement in productivity, and a key lever for catalyzing development, reducing environmental harm, improving human health and well-being, and enhancing national security. We explore the nature of technology, theories and “stylized facts” about innovation processes, and how to think about innovation, “systems.”  A major focus is policy for innovation. Topics include national innovation systems, managing risks, technology and global change, actors and institutions, private vs. public, education, cross-country measurement, competitiveness, technology transfer, learning and  “catch-up,” IPR and leapfrogging. International case studies will be examined. No science or engineering background required. Kelly Sims Gallagher. Spring Semester.
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DHP P257: Corporate Management of Environmental Issues

This objective of this course is to examine environmental issues from the point of view of large corporations. Topics include: strategy and organization; staffing for environment; health and safety; accountability for environmental performance; ethics; corporate environmental policies; pollution prevention; management tools; accident response; companies and non-governmental organizations; response to laws and regulations; international issues; environmental accounting; corporate social responsibility; and voluntary codes of conduct. Note: This course is cross-listed as CEE/UEP 265. Ann Rappaport. Fall semester.
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DHP P258: Clean Energy Technologies and Policy

This course identifies the major environmental, security and economic issues associated with the continued use of traditional energy sources such as fossil fuels. It then explores alternative technologies that are capable of providing essential energy services in both developed and developing countries. Woven into the assessment of each technology is a determination of the present policies and factors that lock-in current technology and lock-out new alternatives. Types of regulatory, market, contractual and voluntary policies and practices are identified that can facilitate the introduction of new, clean energy technologies. The major emphasis is on electricity production, transportation and building energy conservation. 
Mihaela Papa and Maria Flyntzani-Stephanopolous (not offered 2013-2014).

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DHP H202: Maritime History and Globalization

A study of world history over the past 500 years from a salt-water perspective. The course will examine the ocean as avenue, arena, source, and cultural metaphor, analyzing major themes such as the impact of changing technologies and modes of warfare, evolving patterns of trade, and differing cultural perceptions. The format will be lecture, with some discussion. John Curtis Perry. Fall semester.
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DHP H203: The International Relations of the China Seas

The region this course examines is now the world’s commercial maritime center. The course offers, within a global salt water perspective, the opportunity to explore strategic, environmental, economic, or cultural problems, depending on individual student interests. Course format is lecture and discussion, with two short written exercises and an oral report leading to a final paper of journal article length. Writing and speaking skills receive considerable attention. No prerequisites other than a lively curiosity. John Curtis Perry. Fall semester.
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EIB B284: Petroleum in the Global Economy

This course covers the structure of the international petroleum industry and its role in the international economy. The first half will address the technical, commercial, legal, economic and political basis of the industry and the business models for key segments, including exploration and production, refining, marketing and natural gas. Drawing on this knowledge base, the second half will consider key issues of the petroleum industry, including the resource base, pricing, environmental impacts, alternative energy sources and geopolitics. Open to students who have basic Excel skills and have completed either E201, B200 or equivalent. Bruce Everett. Fall semester.
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EIB E213: Econometrics

This course introduces students to the primary tools of quantitative data analysis employed in the study of economic and social relationships.  It equips students for independent econometric research and for critical reading of empirical research papers.  The course covers ordinary least squares, probit, fixed effects, two-stage least squares and weighted least squares regression methods, and the problems of omitted variables, measurement error, multicollinearity, heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation.  Pre-requisites include familiarity with (1) basic probability and statistics (B205 or B206), and (2) basic concepts of functions and derivative (E210m or an introductory calculus course). Fall semester – Jenny C. Aker;  Spring semester – Julie Schaffner
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EIB E246: Environmental Economics

This course covers major issues in contemporary environmental economics. Includes analysis of environmental degradation and resource depletion, valuation of the environment, incentives to protect the environment, impacts of population growth and agricultural expansion, management of renewable and non-renewable resources, pollution analysis and policy; energy and global climate change; international trade and the environment; national and multinational environmental policies. Special attention will be paid to policies to respond to climate change, including carbon trading and “clean development” institutions. Open to students who have completed E201 or equivalent. Shinsuke Tanaka. Module 1 Fall semester, 1/2 credit.
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ILO L223: International Environmental Law

This course addresses the nature, content and structure of international environmental law. The course commences with an introduction to international environmental problems, together with basic principles of international law and environmental regulation. Specific topics include global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, and exports of hazardous substances. Other topics may include marine pollution, transboundary pollution, trade and environment, and development and environment. The course evaluates the role of international and non-governmental organizations; the interrelationship between international legal process and domestic law; and the negotiation, conclusion, and implementation of international environmental agreements. David Wirth. Fall semester.
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