Environmental Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
DEGREE PROGRAMS & COURSES 2013 - 2014
The Kennedy School trains students to assess challenging problems involving the environment and natural resources, to design and evaluate policy responses, and to shape strategies for bringing about change.

To provide students with the skills to affect environmental policy, the School offers a variety of courses on environmental and natural resource topics aimed at both masters and doctoral students. See the table below for a sampling of Kennedy School courses with significant environmental content, along with other relevant Harvard University Courses. The underlying theme of the curriculum is to expose students to a range of disciplinary perspectives, including natural science, economics, politics, management, and law, within the context of environment, energy, and natural resource policy.

Students enrolled in the HKS Masters in Public Policy Program may develop a program focused on environment within the concentrations of International and Global Affairs, Political and Economic Development, Business and Government Policy, or Social and Urban Policy.

The School also offers a two-week executive training session relevant to environmental policy for senior public and private sector individuals entitled Infrastructure in a Market Economy.

Harvard University Center for the Environment Course Guide

For a comprehensive listing of courses on the environment at Harvard University, see the Harvard University Center for the Environment’s Environmental Course Guide. Courses are listed by Harvard school—including the Kennedy School—toward the end of the Guide.

Degree Programs

The Kennedy School's masters and doctoral programs attract students with diverse backgrounds and environment-related interests.

Course
Course Title
Faculty
Semester


Harvard Kennedy School

IGA-410
Energy Policy: Systems and Markets
Henry Lee
Fall
IGA-408M
Learning from the Failure of Climate Policy
David Keith
Spring Module 4
IGA-412
The Geopolitics of Energy
Meghan O'Sullivan
Spring
IGA-414
Political Economy of Oil and Mining Resources in Developing Countries
Francisco Monaldi
Spring
IGA-422
Global Food Politics and Poverty
Robert Paarlberg
Fall
IGA-451M
The Media, Energy and Environment: Global Policy and Politics
Cristine Russell
Spring Module 3
IGA-520
Political Economy of Innovation for Sustainability
Calestous Juma
Spring
IGA-523M
Innovation Systems and Global Development
Calestous Juma
Fall Module 1
PED-209
Management, Finance, and Regulation of Public Infrastructure in the Developing World
Henry Lee
Spring
SUP-601
Urban Politics, Planning and Development
Alan Altshuler
Fall
SUP-652
Transportation Planning and Development
Quinton Mayne
Fall
SUP-663
Planning and Environmental Law
Jerold Kayden
Fall
API-164
Energy Policy
Joseph Aldy
Spring
API-905Y
Seminar: Environmental Economics and Policy
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman
Year
IGA-150Y
Seminar: International and Global Affairs
Matthew Bunn
Year


Harvard Business School

BUS-1144
The Energy Business and Geopolitics
Noel Maurer
Fall Q1 and Q2
BUS-1487
Sustainable Cities: Finance, Design, and Innovation
John D. Macomber
Winter Q1 and Q2
BUS-1495
Cleantech: Competing on Resource Efficiency
John Macomber and Michael Toffel
Fall Q2
BUS-1165
Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment
Rebecca Henderson, Joseph Lassiter, John Macomber, Forest Reinhardt, and Woodward Yang
Winter Q3
BUS-6490
Field Course: Cleantech: Competing on Resource Efficiency
John Macomber
Fall Q2
BUS-6611
Field Course: Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment
Rebecca Henderson, Joseph Lassiter, John Macomber, Forest Reinhardt, and Woodward Yang
Winter Q3 and Q4

Harvard School of Public Health


EH-285-01
Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment
Gregory A. Norris
Fall
EH-278-01
Health and Global Environment
Aaron Bernstein
Spring

Harvard Law School


LAW-2074
Environmental Law
Richard Lazarus
Fall
LAW-2417
Advanced Environmental Law in Theory and Application
Richard Lazarus
Spring
LAW-2193
Natural Resources Law
Winter

Harvard Medical School


HO-703
Human Health and Global Environmental Change
Spring

Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences


79625
Environmental Science and Public Policy - Sustainable Development
William C. Clark (Kennedy School)
Spring
Economics 2690hf
Environmental Economics and Policy Seminar (4324)
Robert N. Stavins (Kennedy School) and Martin L. Weitzman
Year

Harvard Graduate School of Design


SES 0534200
Cities and environmental Change
Joyce Klein Rosenthal
Fall

MIT (MIT offers dozens of energy/environment related courses. A complete list can be found at http://mitei.mit.edu/education/energy-classes)

1.801J
Environmental Law, Policy and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control
Ashford and Caldart
Fall
22.081J
Introduction to Sustainable Energy
Golay
Fall
22.811J
Sustainable Energy
Golay
Fall
11.162
Politics of Energy and the Environment
Layzer
Spring
11.165
Energy and Infrastructure Technologies
Polenske
Fall
11.379
Enabling Energy Efficiency: Practice and Innovation
Michaels
Fall
11.369J
Energy Policy for a Sustainable Future
Spring
12.021
Earth Science, Energy, and the Environment
Hager
Fall
12.213
Alternative Energy Sources
Morgan
January
14.444
Energy Economics and Policy
C. Knitell
Spring
15.023J
Global Climate Change: Economics, Science and Policy
Prinn and Webster
Spring
15.031J
Energy Decisions, Markets and Policies
Richard Schmalensee, Daniel Lessard, and Silbey
Fall
ESD.162j
Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector
Perez-Arriaga and Richard Schmalensee
Spring
ESD.124
Energy Systems & Climate Change Mitigation
Jessika Trancik
Fall
ESD.125
Mapping and Evaluating New Energy Technologies
Jessika Trancik
Spring
STS.032
Energy, Environment, and Society
Mavhunga
Fall

Fletcher School of Diplomacy (A complete list can be found at http://fletcher.tufts.edu/Academic/Courses)

DHP-P254
Climate Change and Clean Energy Policy
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Fall
DHP-P255
International Energy Policy
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Spring
DHP-257
Corporate Management of Environmental Issues
Ann Rappaport
Fall
EIB-B284
Petroleum in the Global Economy
Bruce Everett
Fall
ILO-L233
International Environmental Law
David Wirth
Fall

 

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