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Environment, Energy, and the Economy


The Environment, Energy, and the Economy track offers a unique opportunity to learn firsthand how international environmental, energy and economic policies are formulated and implemented. Fellows selected for this program gain both academic and practitioner perspectives on the role of intergovernmental institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in shaping global environmental, energy, and economic policy

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    Fellows at the WTO, Geneva

    Environment, Energy, and Economics Fellows visited the World Trade Organization during the Summer 2019 intensive course week.

The program is open to graduate students attending schools of public administration, public policy, environmental management, sustainable development and related fields. We also accept a limited number of exceptional undergraduate students.

About the Course

The course, PubPol 860.01 will run May 25 – May 29, 2020. 

Drawing on leading international experts, diplomats, and representatives of key international organizations, the course provides participants with a unique chance to think about international perspectives on the challenges of securing environmental protection and fostering economic prosperity.  It addresses questions such as:

  • Who "owns" the natural environment?
  • Do poor countries have the right to pursue non-green development?
  • Do rich countries have the right to subsidize green industries?
  • How does the need for energy supplies affect countries' environmental and economic commitments?
  • How well do governments, international organizations, and the private sector work together in balancing environmental protection and economic growth?

Through guest speakers and site visits, students meet with experts from top international Environment and Energy agencies including: the United Nations Environment Program, the World Trade Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and many others. See a sample course syllabus from 2019.

During the course week, the program also facilitates additional evening events, such as a program reception, mentorship dinners, and networking events.

About the Instructor

Tana Johnson headshotTana Johnson is a faculty member at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Her research examines the environmental advocacy of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, the origins and design of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, relations between intergovernmental and non-governmental environmental organizations, and ongoing efforts to reform or establish international institutions dealing with climate change. She is the author of Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance (Oxford University Press/2014). While a research fellow at Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in 2011, Johnson co-sponsored a conference that brought together political scientists, natural scientists, lawyers, and economists to discuss ongoing climate change negotiations. She previously worked at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.