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About the Tracks

About The Tracks

We offer three different week-long intensive courses in Geneva. Internships (not available until Summer 2022) through the DGP Program will align with one of these three tracks:

Environment, Energy, and the Economy Track

PubPol 860.02 

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This course explores actors, policies, and conflicts at the intersection of environmental, energy, and economic issues.  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?

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Through a variety of guest speakers and site visits, students will meet with experts from the 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. This course is led by Dr. Tana Johnson, a professor at Sanford School of Public Policy. 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. 

Humanitarian Crises, Refugees, and Human Rights Track

PubPol 860.01

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The course provides participants with a thorough introduction to international humanitarian assistance, human rights, and human security. It explores how the international community can better respond to humanitarian crises such as the influx of refugees in Europe, HIV-AIDS in Africa, or ongoing civil conflict in countries such as Sudan. Students further examine the importance of both cooperation and collaboration on a global scale by organizations such as the International Red Cross, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), and development organizations. The course is led by Amy E. Hepburn (Duke MPP'01), a policy professional who has researched, published, and programmed extensively on issues affecting children in complex humanitarian emergencies,  including armed conflict and HIV/AIDS in the Balkans, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Republic of Georgia. Her clients include international NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, the United States Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Global Health Track

PubPol 860.03

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From year to year, the course offering varies, often highlighting current policy issues. In the past, course participants have heard from senior officials from a wide range of Geneva-based organizations engaged in global health, from the WHO’s Tobacco-Free Initiative and World Alliance for Patient Safety to the Polio Eradication Initiative and the WHO’s Department of Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. Program fellows and LSE students will also visit nine to ten different leading global health organizations in Geneva. Past site visits have included the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Médecins sans Frontières, and UNAIDS. The course is directed by Dr. Gavin Yamey, a professor of the Duke Global Health Institute and Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health.