LSE Executive Summer School | Climate change: economics and governance
This multi-disciplinary five-day course provides an in-depth overview of the economics and governance of climate change, and the risks and opportunities they present for a range of organisations.
The course begins with an intensive introduction to climate change as a scientific and particularly as a social scientific issue, intended to bring students up-to-speed with the key concepts. The scientific evidence on climate change will be outlined and well-known controversies will be covered. Then the key concepts of climate-change economics and governance will be introduced, such as market failure, pricing carbon, and the tragedy of the commons.
Major topics covered:
Climate-change mitigation: the relationship between economic growth, competitiveness and carbon emissions; technologies to reduce emissions and their costs; policy instruments, including emissions trading and carbon markets.
Adaptation: using information from climate models and science to adapt to climate change; understanding vulnerability and resilience to climate change, including the links between adaptation, economic growth and poverty reduction; the role of public policy in promoting adaptation, including financing adaptation.
Politics, governance and institutional development: the international institutional architecture for climate change; international law; political bargaining at the international and national levels; policy-making and policy implementation by governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and communities.
Risks and opportunities: the risks and opportunities created by climate change for different organisations.
This executive course is suitable for:
- Senior executives searching for insight into how climate change affects their business
- International governments and intergovernmental organisations working in the field of climate change and the environment
- Professionals within private sector companies dealing with climate change through corporate social responsibility (CSR)
- Individuals looking to understand the implications of climate change for finance and investment
- Companies and industry groups facing carbon regulation and seeking a greater understanding of the issues
- Global development professionals that deal with the impact of climate change and its related policies.