MEM
Specialization

Environmental Policy Analysis

Our Vision

The challenges of managing natural resources and environmental quality are well-recognized and becoming increasingly important. Issues arise at the site, local, regional, national, and global scales, and decisions often require the balancing of competing interests with different objectives. The methods and applications of environmental policy analysis provide a basis for more informed decision making. The purpose of the Environmental Policy Analysis Specialization is to teach students the skills to apply various methods of policy analysis, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and apply them to better understand the implications of various decision options to manage environmental and natural resource challenges.

Program / Courses

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Purpose and Scope

The challenges of managing natural resources and environmental quality are well-recognized and becoming increasingly important. Issues arise at the site, local, regional, national, and global scales, and decisions often require the balancing of competing interests with different objectives. The methods and applications of environmental policy analysis provide a basis for more informed decision making. The purpose of the Environmental Policy Analysis Specialization is to teach students the skills to apply various methods of policy analysis, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and apply them to better understand the implications of various decision options to manage environmental and natural resource challenges.
 
The Environmental Policy Analysis specialization will be of interest to MEM students who seek to understand and employ analytical frameworks that apply to a broad range of environmental issue areas and are critical for strategic environmental policy within organizations that develop, analyze, practice and evaluate environmental and natural resource management. Students specializing in Environmental Policy Analysis frequently seek employment in a range of organizations spanning all areas of environmental management, including government agencies, international development institutions, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and consulting firms.


Specialization Coordinator: Dan Esty

Core

Two required courses.
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Klee
Tentative
 
ENV 834
Environmental Economics and Policy
  Kotchen
  Kotchen
 

Elective

Students must take at least one course from each of the following two bins
 

Economic and Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 728
Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
Reuning-Scherer
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Reuning-Scherer  
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Gregoire  
ENV 758
Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
  Reuning-Scherer
  Reuning-Scherer
ENV 800
Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
Gillingham
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Gillingham  
ECON 132a
Econometrics and Data Analysis II
       
ECON 136b
Econometrics
       
ECON 545a
Microeconomics
       
ECON 558a
Statistics and Econometrics
       
 

Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Governance

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 727
Global Food Challenges
          Wargo
ENV 820
Land Use Law and Environmental Planning
  Shansky
  Tentative
ENV 826
Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
  Clark
Clark  
ENV 840
Climate Change Policy and Perspectives
Esty
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Esty
Tentative
 
ENV 961
Environmental Law and Politics: Research and Advanced Topics Seminar
Wargo
W 1:00-3:50
  Wargo  
 

Additional Electives

Two courses.

Environmental Policy Analysis students should also develop expertise in some specific environmental or natural resource problem or issue (e.g., renewable energy, water resources, environmental health, forest management, biological diversity, climate change, conservation, etc.). Students are encouraged to look at other specializations to develop this two-course sequence (e.g., Energy and the Environment, Ecosystem Conservation and Management, Water Resource Management, and others). The core requirements of other specializations are a natural fit here. Students may also develop the sequence based on their own interests, but should make the case that the two courses are consistent with developing an area of topical concentration. The two-course sequence must be approved by the specialization coordinator prior to the student’s last semester.