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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 Curriclum 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.
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· 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, 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.
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.
All 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
MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at 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 SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.
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)
Energy, Resources and Environment Minor Requirements: (as of AY 16/17)
The ERE program provides its students both an academic and academic enrichment focus. Currently, the program offers a MA degree or a minor. We also accept applications for MIPP candidates to affiliate with ERE. Please note, at this time no opportunities to obtain a PhD in ERE are available.
Given the challenges presented by climate change, environmental degradation, and resource scarcity, virtually everybody agrees that “business as usual” in energy production and consumption is no longer tenable. However, for all the compelling reasons to increase the share of energy generated from renewable sources, the development of renewable energy sectors has varied widely across countries. In some economies, more than 30 percent of electricity are now generated from renewable sources, while others have made few attempts to establish domestic renewable energy sectors. This course will examine what's driving the remarkable growth in some countries while others lag behind. To understand such variation, this course provides an in-depth look at the policies and economics of renewable energy – from large scale wind and solar to distributed generation (DG) resources such as rooftop solar, micro-grids, and storage in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Weekly, discussion-intensive class meetings examine how specific national and state policies are driving growth in renewable energy sectors, how these policies impact renewable energy projects (large and small scale), how and why these policies have differed across nations and over time, and what factors have contributed to policy failure.
The water, energy and food (WEF) nexus is a topic of growing interest in the research and policy communities. Critical physical linkages include the enormous appropriation of water resources for food and energy production, the high energy demand of the water sector for transport and treatment, and the uncertain impacts that climate change will have on all three components. Policy issues include water rights and pricing, energy infrastructure development, and water competition between sectors. This course will survey WEF concepts and principles, introduce tools of analysis, and engage students in case studies of critical WEF issues in the United States and internationally.
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
To successfully develop solutions to complex and critical energy and environmental problems, the ERE program embraces a vision that unprecedented and multi-faceted innovation will be required, in many cases involving new public-private partnerships, to undertake technology development, deliver the needed investment, create the appropriate policy environment, establish an appropriate governance framework and succeed in international diplomacy. This vision is borne out both in ERE classes and in the research work conducted by ERE faculty.
Learn more about Faculty Research.
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Nahm, Jonas, “Renewable Futures and Industrial Legacies: Wind and Solar Sectors in China, Germany, and the United States.” Business and Politics. (2017) (Forthcoming)
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