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The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program prepares the next generation of global leaders to address urgent energy and environmental concerns and threats. Under the guidance of SAIS' expert faculty, ERE students gain the intellectual framework and analytic skills required to address important issues such as, climate change, international agriculture, forestry, wildlife conservation, and international water issues.
 
The ERE curriculum requires students to take both energy and environment courses to ensure that all graduates understand the deep links between these two subject areas. Students gain an understanding of the threats posed by climate change, the functioning of energy markets, the "iron triangle" of energy, water and food security, as well as, begin to formulate possible solutions to these daunting challenges. 

As one of the largest programs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, students in the ERE program are afforded several opportunities to participate in experiential learning opportunities such as the International Energy and Environment practicum, Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) study trips, the Global Leaders Forum (GLF), alumni discussions, and more. For a more complete overview of ERE please check out our Prospectus [2].

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Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) Trip to Satwa, Indonesia
Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) Trip to Curitiba, Brazil
Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) Trip to Myanmar
International Energy & Environment Practicum - BP Team on Shifting Gears: Technologies, Behaviors, and the Future of Transportation
Dinner with Alumni in Bangladesh
International Energy & Environment Practicum - Swiss Re Team on Lights Out: The Risks of Climate and Natural Disaster Related Disruption to the Electrical Grid
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Faculty

  • [5]
    Heather
    E.
    Eves
    [6]
    Adjunct Lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [7]
  • [8]
    Manfred
    Hafner
    [9]
    Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
    Bologna, Italy
    Email [10]
  • [11]
    Douglas
    C.
    Hengel
    [12]
    Adjunct Lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [13]
  • [14]
    Kenneth H.
    Keller
    [15]
    Senior Adjunct Professor of Science and Technology Policy
    Bologna, Italy
    Email [16]
  • [17]
    Bruce
    W.
    MacDonald
    [18]
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [19]
  • [20]
    Daniel
    Magraw
    [21]
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [22]
  • [23]
    Fred
    Stolle
    [24]
    Adjunct Lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [25]
  • [26]
    Stacy
    Swann
    [27]
    Adjunct Lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [28]
  • [29]
    Nikos
    Tsafos
    [30]
    Adjunct Lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [31]
  • [32]
    Bob
    van der Zwaan
    [33]
    Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resouces and Environment
    Bologna, Italy
    Email [34]

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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.

Media Folder: 
Learn more about the International Energy and Environment Practicum [39].  

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.

Media Folder: 
Learn more about the Global Leaders Forum [40].  

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.

Media Folder: 
Learn more about Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) [41].  

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.

Media Folder: 
Learn more about the Global Issues in Agriculture Seminar Series [42].

Curriculum

 

Energy, Resources and Environment | MA Requirements

Energy, Resources and Environment Program Learning Goals and Objectives [43]

Entering Class 2017-2018
 
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.

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. Follow these instructions [44] to enroll in OBE.

Starting with the entering class of fall 2017, all ERE MA concentrators must complete at least 1 ERE Fundamentals course (SA.680.697 Global Energy Fundamentals or SA.680.698 Global Environment Fundamentals) by the end of their first year.

A list of all ERE courses may be found in the ERE Curriculum Matrix [45]

Students can also use the ERE Curriculum Sequences [46] to help plan their concentration. These energy and environment sequences are recommended courses that that are geared toward students' career goals and academic interests. The sequencing of courses is encouraged, but not required.

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 16 credits. The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (prerequisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (prerequisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student passes a waiver exam [47] in one of these areas, the student must take a replacement International Economics program course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement.

Starting with the entering class of Fall 2017, students who pass Microeconomics in Pre-Term [48] will have the concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed). The Pre-Term Microeconomics course is not for credit and is not factored into the GPA.

Beyond the requirements, many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization [49] in one of four areas of economics. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets [50].

Concentration GPA Requirement
Students must achieve a combined GPA of at least 2.67 in four (or three if Microeconomics is passed in Pre-Term) required International Economics program courses or they must retake the course(s) until a 2.67 concentration GPA is achieved. In the standard case, the concentration GPA will be the average of the grades of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.

If one or more of the four standard courses is waived, the school will use the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics program course(s) to compute the International Economics concentration GPA.

 

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)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (prerequsite Corporate Finance)

Students may not double-count the same course toward the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and as an International Economics concentration course and vice-versa.

If a student passes the statistics waiver exam, the student must take an alternate course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Starting with the entering class of Fall 2017, students who pass Statistical Methods for Business & Economics in Pre-Term [48] will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. The Pre-Term course is not for credit and is not factored into the GPA.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All students must pass 2 core courses and/or exams from the subjects below. If the core courses/exams are not completed by the start of the final semester, the student no longer has the option of completing the exam and must enroll in the core course(s) for credit.

  • American Foreign Policy Since World War II
  • Comparative Politics
  • 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:

  • Energy, Resources and Environment Oral Exam
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2016-2017 [51]
Entering Class 2015-2016 [52]
Entering Class 2014-2015 [53]
Entering Class 2013-2014 [54]
Entering Class 2012-2013 [55]
Entering Class 2011-2012 [56]
Entering Class 2010-2011 [57]
Entering Class 2009-2010 [58]

Minor

Energy, Resources and Environment Minor Requirements:

  • 3 ERE courses (12 credits) including:
    • SA.680.697 Global Energy Fundamentals or SA.680.698 Global Environment Fundamentals
    • 2 additional ERE courses (8 credits), of which at least 1 must have the ERE prefix SA.680.XXX

General Minor Requirements:

  • MA students may pursue an optional minor in a policy or regional program. A student cannot pursue a minor in General IR or International Economics, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics [59]
  • A student can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • Students do not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • All minors require three courses. Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • A student may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor AND concentration requirements. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas. For example, a Conflict Management concentrator may only use 1 of the 4 Conflict Management courses toward a minor, provided it is cross-listed and meets requirements for both the concentration and the minor.
  • General IR concentrators can minor in an IR area or policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by completing 2 additional area/policy courses (8 credits) beyond the 1 used toward the concentration.

To add or change a minor, please click HERE [60].

Events

Please stop by often to see a list of upcoming ERE events. 

2017-2018 Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Academic Calendar [63]




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 [70] and with current student leaders of the SAIS Energy and Environment Club (EEC) [71]

Support  [72]the Energy, Resources and Environment Program 

 

Research

 
 

Contact Us


Deborah Bleviss
Administrative Director
dbleviss@jhu.edu [74]
202.663.5761
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Jonathan Haskett
Associate Director
jhasket1@jhu.edu [75]
202.663.5645
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Jaime Warren
Academic Program Manager
jwarre19@jhu.edu [76]
202-663-5786
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Address & Phone

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

202.663.5786