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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:

Alejandra Mazariegos

Consultant, World Bank Group - Washington, D.C.
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2016

Jessica Webb

Civil Society Engagement Manager, World Resources Institute - Washington, D.C.
Master of Arts (MA)
Class Year: 2014

Ishan Khokar

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2019

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"


Student Groups
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • Fletcher Energy and Environment Club
  • Fletcher Food Policy Club
  • Urbanism Society

Faculty with expertise in the field: