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 major challenges addressed by the program include: stabilizing climate change through mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions while building resilience to climate impacts; reversing the alarming deterioration of the world’s eco-systems; enhancing global security by reducing the risk of economic disruption and nuclear weapons proliferation; eliminating energy poverty for over two billion people; achieving energy, water and food security for all; and mobilizing over $50 trillion in capital investment for urban and rural infrastructure by the year 2030 to generate inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
Passionate about international development challenges and eager to contribute to alleviating poverty and delivering prosperity in bottom-of-the-pyramid markets, I needed a strong understanding of the policy world and the skills required to work at the juncture of the private and public sectors. As I complete my degree, I am overwhelmed with my SAIS experience. The school equipped me with a unique mix of international policy and economic expertise that perfectly complements my prior experience in the private sector.Melissa Basque, M.A., Energy, Resources and Environment
Management consulting in international development
A critical component of our curriculum in the Energy, Resources and Environment 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 offers students the opportunity to engage in studies on two campuses—the SAIS Washington, D.C., campus and the SAIS Bologna campus.
In the current 2012-13 academic year, the program has 152 actively enrolled concentrators and offers 18 courses in addition to the International Energy and Environment Practicum.
In the 2012-13 academic year, the program sponsored two international Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) trips in addition to numerous domestic field trips and provided partial support for student-organized international service and research trips.
Students spearhead numerous projects, clubs and publications on campus including the International Solutions for Energy and the Environment (iSEE) Journal, an ERE publication featuring peer-reviewed articles by ERE students.
Other academic enrichments include the opportunity to learn from world leaders through the Global Leaders Forum (GLF), which draws field experts on a number of topics and are open to the whole SAIS community.
We welcome you to learn more about what our program has to offer—our prospectus has a detailed outline of current initiatives and research propelled by our students and faculty as well as course descriptions, faculty bios and more. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn about our program and how you can engage in supporting our mission.
Many Energy, Resources and Environment students hold internships while at SAIS, particularly in the summer months. The ERE Program relies on its alumni, faculty and Career Services to share internship opportunities with current students.
Seminars and Lunch Talks
The ERE Program offers a series of ongoing opportunities for students to learn from and network with professionals in their field. The program sponsors seminars and lunch talks throughout the year.
Energy, Resources and Environment Program (formerly International Policy and EEST) graduates hold positions in leading organizations in the private and public sectors, and in international nonprofits and organizations. We invite alumni to please keep in touch, and let us know what you are currently doing.