Department of Political Science


Energy and Climate Policy

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Dr Peter Warren (Department of Political Science)


One 3,000 word research paper

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About this course

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century due to its multi-sectoral, global dimension with impacts on all areas of public policy, from economic policy to health policy to social policy. The energy sector continues to play a dominant role as a cause of anthropogenic climate change, but also has a crucial part to play in global mitigation efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This course will provide students with a background in energy and climate change issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students will be introduced to climate change science and policy, the role of the demand-side (e.g. energy efficiency and ‘smart’ technologies) and the supply-side (e.g. fossil fuels and renewables) in the energy sector, business and sustainability, low carbon transport policy, climate finance and investment, and the current global political landscape for energy and climate policy.

The course will equip students with multidisciplinary methodological approaches for undertaking policy analysis in the energy and climate field, and will enable them to learn practical techniques for the production, assessment and dissemination of evidence to governments to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of energy and climate policies.

The course takes an applied approach, in order for students to engage with the opportunities, challenges and risks of different types of energy and climate policies from different perspectives. By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Obtained a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and applied understanding of energy and climate change science and policy
  • Learned practical techniques for undertaking energy and climate policy analysis, including the production, assessment and dissemination of high quality evidence to governments
  • Understand the opportunities, challenges and risks from different types of energy and climate policies across a diverse range of countries