Energy, Resources and Environment

Energy, Resources and Environment Program
Energy, Resources and Environment
Energy, Resources and Environment

Understanding the "iron triangle" of energy, water, and food security, the threats posed by global climate change, and identifying solutions, is a critical component of the ERE graduate's tool kit.

An understanding of the "iron triangle" of energy, water and food security, the threats posed by global climate change, and possible solutions to these daunting problems, is a critical component of the ERE graduate's tool kit.

An understanding of the "iron triangle" of energy, water and food security, the threats posed by global climate change, and possible solutions to these daunting problems, is a critical component of the ERE graduate's tool kit.

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The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on developing innovative solutions to urgent global energy and environmental challenges. The Program aspires to educate a new generation who will play leadership roles in the diverse array of global, national and local institutions that will shape the world's future. ERE faculty provide students with the intellectual framework and analytic skills to devise robust solutions to the daunting policy, financing, technological and governance challenges facing the international community. A critical component of our curriculum in the ERE program is requiring that students take both energy and environment courses. This is consistent with our vision for the program, and means that no one can graduate as an ERE concentrator without being knowledgeable about the deep links between these two subject areas. An understanding of the "iron triangle" of energy, water and food security, the threats posed by global climate change, and possible solutions to these daunting problems, is a critical component of the ERE graduate's tool kit.

The Energy, Resources and Environment Program (ERE) has become one of the largest programs at Johns Hopkins SAIS. We are delighted with its progress and continuing popularity. Its growth is a reflection of the continuing hard work of its faculty, students, and staff as well as a number of key supporters. We are grateful for the generosity of the organizations and individuals who have helped to build our program. For a more complete overview of ERE, and to find out how to support the program, please check out our Prospectus.

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Faculty

  • Deborah
    Bleviss
    Administrative Director of the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
  • Charles
    F.
    Doran
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations
    Washington, D.C.
  • Jonathan
    Haskett
    Associate Director of the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
  • John
    P.
    Banks
    Visiting Scholar in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
  • Andrew
    Cheon
    Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • Celeste
    Connors
    Associate Practitioner in Residence in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sarah
    Marie
    Jordaan
    Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
    Washington, D.C.
  • Wilfrid
    L.
    Kohl
    Foreign Policy Institute Fellow in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
  • Irving
    Mintzer
    Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Research Scholar in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
  • Jonas
    Nahm
    Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment
    Washington, D.C.

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Program Activities

 

International Energy and Environment Practicum

The Practicum is an innovative program that allows students to combine a for-credit course with extensive, in-depth, real world experience consulting for client organizations on projects aimed at addressing international environmental and energy policy challenges. The Practicum is designed to provide quality research and analysis on intractable challenges to clients, while providing students with the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to critical problems. Where possible, the work is integrated into the on-going research of an ERE faculty member.

Learn more about the International Energy and Environment Practicum.

 

Global Leaders Forum

The Global Leaders Forum is a speaker series that brings together leaders from the public sector, research, finance and industry throughout the academic year to explore solutions to key domestic and international energy and environmental challenges. The GLF serves as a platform for policymakers and executives to share their expertise and insight with faculty and students and the broader academic, business and media communities. Our invitations are sent to professionals from the energy and environment sectors in the Washington DC area as well as the Johns Hopkins SAIS' student and faculty body and alumni. Typically a diverse audience of approximately 100-150 - including students, professionals and faculty - attend Global Leaders Forum events.

Learn more about the Global Leaders Forum.

 

Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST)

To supplement its rigorous academic curriculum, the Energy, Resources and Environment Program also developed the Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) Field Visits initiative to provide its students with first-hand experience visiting utility, nuclear power and LNG plants, hydraulic fracturing and off-shore oil facilities, sewage treatment plants, and solar panel manufacturing facilities, among others. FEST offers student enrichment activities designed to provide first-hand exposure to innovations in the energy and environment sectors.

Learn more about Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST).

 

Global Issues in Agriculture Seminar Series

The Global Issues in Agriculture Seminar Series brings professionals working in the fields of Food Security, Agricultural Economics and Resource Management to the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. The speaker series was founded by Dr. Robert L. Thompson, who recently retired  from his position as a visiting professor here at Johns Hopkins SAIS in the Energy, Resources and Environment and International Development Programs. 

Learn more about the Global Issues in Agriculture Seminar Series.

Curriculum

 

Energy, Resources and Environment | MA Requirements

Energy, Resources and Environment Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2016-2017
 
MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.

 

ENERGY, RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT (ERE)

MA students concentrating in Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) must take at least 6 courses within this program.* At minimum, 1 must be designated as an “Energy” course with the prefix SA.680.XXX and 1 must be designated as an “Environment” course with the prefix SA.680.XXX (see Matrix below). Only 2 of the 6 required ERE courses may be cross-listed starting with a prefix other than SA.680.XXX.

The Curriculum Matrix is located HERE.

Students can consider choosing their curriculum based on Thematic Areas. These themes include a set of recommended courses that are geared toward students' career goals and academic interests. The sequencing of courses is encouraged, but not required.

All ERE concentrators and MIPP Affiliates must complete the Online Basics of Energy (OBE) course in Blackboard before the start of classes of their first term with ERE. Instructions on how to register are located HERE.

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.

Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, Johns Hopkins SAIS will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All Johns Hopkins SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses in addition to their concentration requirements. If the core courses/exams are not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll for credit in the core course(s).
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative Politics (old name Comparative National Systems)
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering Johns Hopkins SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.

 

CAPSTONE

Energy, Resources and Environment concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
 
1.     Energy, Resources and Environment Oral Exam
2.     MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2015-2016
Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Minor

Energy, Resources and Environment Minor Requirements: (as of AY 16/17)

  • 3 ERE courses in total
  • 1 of the 3 courses must be either Global Energy Fundamentals (SA.680.697) or Global Environment Fundamentals (SA.680.698)
  • 2 additional ERE courses, of which, 1 must have an ERE prefix SA.680.XXX and the other may be cross-listed with ERE

General Minor Requirements:

  • Minors are optional (like specializations)
  • A student can minor in only one area
  • A student cannot pursue a minor in International Economics or IR/General, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • Minors consist of three courses
  • Some minors will have a required course(s)
  • A student may use a maximum of one cross-listed course (or 4 credits) towards both a minor and concentration. In this case, the minor would require just two additional courses. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area (e.g., Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, China, Japan, etc.) and not from the two additional required courses across the other IR or Asia areas. Note: IR/General concentrators can always minor in an IR sub-field or approved policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by taking just two extra courses (8 credits).
  • Regional minors may require language study or proficiency in the language of that region
  • A student can declare a minor at any time—prior to graduation
  • Students who are pursuing a minor in a program will not have bidding priority in that program (only concentrators)

To add or change a minor, please click HERE.

Events

Our Alumni

 

The driving force of our mission has always been the zeal and excellence of our students.

Whether you are a recent graduate or one of the trail-blazing students whose passion helped start the program (formerly the International Policy Program) at Johns Hopkins SAIS, we wish to hear from you! 

We welcome alumni to engage and participate in upcoming ERE events. Connect with us in person and online:

 

We also encourage you to connect with the SAIS Energy and Environment Alumni Network group on Linkedin and with current student leaders of the SAIS Energy and Environment Club (EEC)

Support the Energy, Resources and Environment Program 

 

Research

 
 

Contact Us


Deborah Bleviss
Administrative Director
dbleviss@jhu.edu
202.663.5761
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Jonathan Haskett
Associate Director
jhasket1@jhu.edu
202.663.5645
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Jaime Warren
Academic Program Manager
jwarre19@jhu.edu
202-663-5786
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Address & Phone

Energy, Resources and Environment
Rome Building
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 4th floor
Washington, D.C.
20036

202.663.5786