International Environment and Resource Policy
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.
Current Students and Alumni
These are a sample of Fletcher current students and alumni focusing on International Environment and Resource Policy:
Outside the Classroom
- Responding to the Climate Emergency: Technology or Ecosystem Based Approaches?
- Building energy innovation systems in Latin America: Insights from Brazil, Chile, and Mexico
- Climate Puzzles for Diplomats
- Agrosocial Resilience in a Changing World: Working Across the Coffee Supply Chain in a Coupled Socio-Environmental System
- Mobilizing Climate Finance: How and Why Fund Design Matters
- What are the barriers to the adoption of environmental techniques in Africa? Evidence from Niger
- Transitioning the Energy System
- The Role of International Carbon Markets in the Paris Agreement
- Landscape of Chinese Clean Energy Innovation: System Strengths and Weaknesses
- Comparative Renewable Energy Policy
- On Climate Change, We’re Toast. And if we don’t get serious now, probably burnt toast.
- Does Solving Energy Poverty Help Solve Poverty? Perspectives from Kenya and Ghana
- The Climate Reality and the Need to Act, and Act Now
- The Evolution of Carbon Markets: Design, Diffusion and Linking
- How Governments Mobilize Domestic Finance for Clean Energy Innovation: A Comparison Study between China and Germany
- 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
- Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) - Jakarta, Indonesia
- World Resources Institute (WRI) – Washington, D.C.
- Adapt Chile/Natural Resources Defense Council – Santiago, Chile
- CDP North America – New York, NY
- Greentown Labs – Somerville, MA
- Woods Hole Research Center – Woods Hole, MA
- Sustainable Energy for All – Vienna, Austria & Washington, D.C.
- United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – Papua New Guinea, Samoa, India
- Instituto Nacional de Energía Y Sostenibilidad Isleña (INESI) – National Institute of Energy and Sustainable Island – at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
- State Department – Washington, D.C.
- World Bank – Washington, D.C.
- World Wildlife Fund – Washington, D.C.
- The Nature Conservancy, International Climate Policy Team – Washington D.C.
- V20 Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica
Capstones Advised by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher:
- "Achieving Sustainable Management of the Totoaba in the Gulf of California" by Nicholas Laine
- “Brewing Change: Innovation and Sustainability in the Craft Beer Industry” by Kendall Lawrence
- “Mainstreaming Electric Mobility: The benefits, barriers, and business case for electric buses in Indonesia” by Sujay Ravikumar
- "Climate Vulnerability in Conflict-Affected Countries: Case Studies of Mali, Somalia, and South Sudan" by Dana Thomas
- "Finance to Adapt: Making climate funding work for agriculture at the local level" by Bethany Tietjen
- “Trash Talk: Assessing the feasibility of municipal waste to energy systems in Caribbean Small Island Developing States” by Danielle Tomlinson
Capstones Advised by Professor Miquel Muñoz Cabré:
- "Climate Change & Pastoralism: Lessons from East Africa" by Laura Handly
Capstones Advised by Professor Barbara Kates-Garnick:
- "Civil Engagement and Ownership for Renewable Energy” by Koji Fujita
- Fletcher Energy and Environment Club
- Fletcher Food Policy Club