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Climate change presents the world with new challenges. As a result, there is a worldwide recognition of the urgent need to not only design technical solutions but also to develop socio-political and economic measures to tackle this complex problem. Nowadays, we need to invent how to cope with the impacts of global warming, loss of biodiversity, plastic soup and air pollution. All challenges that have proven to give rise to worldwide consequences that are difficult to control. This requires global collaboration and effective measures and policies on international, national and local scales. Young professionals, trained in finding innovative solutions can be of great value to contribute to these worldwide climate challenges. Do you want to be one of them?
The specialisation Climate, Society and Economics teaches students to analyse the social, economic and political dynamics of climate change. Additionally, students get accustomed to different professional settings ranging from consultancy firms and corporations to governmental bodies, NGO's and civil society organisations. In this broad field, our professionals are able to develop effective strategies and find answers to urgent questions like:
- What is needed to achieve international cooperation between countries with diverging interests and capacities?
- How can we design policies and carbon markets such that emissions are reduced effectively and at a low cost for society?
- How do we trade off the costs of climate policy for current generations against its benefits for future generations?
Student can learn more about the education and research related to this specialisation by visiting the website of the Environmental Policy Group and the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group.
Linked to the thesis track Environmental Policy is the master track Sustainable Development Diplomacy. It is a selective track for which you can apply. Read more about this track.