Sanford offers top-ranked environmental academics and expertise in environmental and energy policy to address policy innovations that affect the very health of our planet at a crucial time when science is being questioned.
Related Programs & Courses
The Public Policy Studies major is a perennial top major at Duke University.
- MPP (Environment and Energy Specialization available) - view concentration requirements
- MPP/Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Forestry (MF) – dual degree options with Sanford School/Nicholas School
- IMEP (International Master of Environmental Policy)
- PhD in Public Policy
- PhD – University Program in Environmental Policy - joint program with Sanford School/Nicholas School
Graduate-level elective courses include:
- Climate Change Economics and Policy
- International Environmental Policy
- Collective Action
- Sustainable Development
- Environment & Development
- Energy & Development
- Global Environmental Health
- top-ranked Nicholas School of the Environment
- Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions designing policy responses to the most pressing environmental and energy challenges
- interdisciplinary project teams at the Duke University Energy Initiative
Sanford faculty are recognized for their expertise around the world, advising the White House, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, state governments, and policymakers.
Sanford’s faculty are generating rigorous research to inform pressing policy challenges, including persistent pollution and climate change risks.
Featured Faculty & Research
Professor Alex Pfaff
Trained as an economist, Alex Pfaff is focused on how the environment and natural resources, economic development, and a range of policies influence each other.
Professor Robyn Meeks
Robyn Meek's research is at the intersection of environmental and development economics with much of her work focusing on water and energy technologies, policies, and types of infrastructure in developing countries.
During the 2022-2023 school year, MPP student Cameron Oglesby organized events around environmental racism. "Educating ourselves on the importance of doing environmental and climate work justly should not be an optional task,” she said. For example, one event commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Warren County protests in North Carolina, a key event in the history of the environmental justice movement.
Lindsey Kurnath received her MPP in 2008 Her career has taken her to the White House, the highest mountain in Washington, and now the southernmost shore of New York. Lindsey has literally seen environmental policy from many angles. She is now Deputy Superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore in New York.
Interested in pursuing a degree with a focus on energy & environment policy? Great! The admissions page for each program has detailed guidelines, including our contact info. Please reach out!