DHP P254: Climate Change Policy
This course examines how governments can and might respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the complex problem of global climate change. We begin with a study of the latest scientific understanding of the problem. Then, the technological options, the economic dimensions, the role of the private sector, and the domestic and international politics related to addressing climate change are explored. The policies of the major emitting countries are analyzed and compared. The international climate negotiations are analyzed. Policy tools are assessed against different criteria. The course will introduce and strengthen multidisciplinary policy analysis skills. Fall semester.
DHP P255: International Energy Policy
Energy fundamentally affects every facet of human society including living conditions, mobility, and prosperity. It is at the heart of some of the most intractable problems affecting the environment, national security, and economic development. Resolution of such challenges hinges often on how energy is used or managed. The International Energy Policy course maps key ways in which these issues differ among countries, exploring basic differences between industrialized and industrializing countries. The policies of major energy consumers and producers are also compared. Topics such as the geopolitics of oil and gas, decarbonizing transitions, energy markets, climate change, public health, and international energy-technology cooperation and competition are covered. Spring semester.
DHP P256: Innovation for Sustainable Prosperity
Technological innovation is the main source of economic growth and improvements in productivity, and a key lever for catalyzing development, reducing environmental harm, improving human health and well-being, and enhancing national security. We explore the nature of technology, theories and “stylized facts” about innovation processes, and how to think about innovation “systems”. A major focus is policy for innovation. Topics include national innovation systems, managing risks, technology and global change, actors and institutions, private vs. public, education, cross-country measurement, competitiveness, technology transfer, learning and “catch-up”, IPR, and leapfrogging. International case studies will be examined. No science or engineering background required. Spring semester.