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Climate Change: Economics and Governance

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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.

Taught by faculty of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment|


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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. This outlines the scientific evidence on climate change, including well-known controversies. It also considers the key concepts of climate-change economics and governance, including decision-making in the face of risk and uncertainty, and the management of global public goods.

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.

Further introduction will be given to the policy tools available at different spatial scales to manage climate risks. Building on this common base the course will then cover four main, but interlinked, topics.

Major topics covered:

Climate-change mitigation: technologies to reduce carbon emissions and their costs; barriers to emissions reductions; policy instruments, including carbon markets and demand-management measures in key economic sectors.

Adaptation: what can climate models and science tell us about what we are adapting to, where and when? Decision-making under uncertainty; planned and autonomous adaptation; vulnerability and resilience; relationships between adaptation, economic growth and poverty reduction; financing adaptation.

Politics, governance and institutional development:  the international institutional architecture; 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 course gave an excellent overview of all the key climate themes… the quality of the lecturers was world-leading and the discussion around subjects  was fascinating.”

Team Leader - Low Carbon Growth & Business, Climate Change and Energy
Dept,  UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

"The course offered a great overview of the area with clear  highlighting of the breadth of the issues and opportunities  to be considered - delivered with great clarity and insight.”

Global Technical Director, 
Diageo PLC, UK

Previous participants have worked for

Client list
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Australian Government Department of Industry
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • British Embassy
  • Danish Ministry of Transport
  • Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
  • Diageo PLC
  • Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • European Free Trade Association
  • European Investment Bank
  • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Food & Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • German Development Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Hivos People Unlimited
  • HSBC
  • ING Group
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Land Coalition
  • International Trade Centre
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation
  • National Assembly, Nigeria
  • Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration & Reform
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Statoil ASA
  • Sustainability Victoria
  • The Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce
  • The Executive Council - Government of Dubai
  • The People’s Bank of China
  • U.S. Meat Export Federation
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • Whole Foods Market
  • World Bank Group
  • World Trade Organisation

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 Course details:

Dates:  29 June - 3 July 2015

Format: Five day intensive executive programme

Location: LSE's Central London Campus, New Academic Building, WC2A 2AE

Teaching faculty:

Dr Simon Dietz |

Professor Sam Fankhauser|

(Co-directors of the Grantham Research Institute)

David Stainforth|

(Principal Research Fellow)

Tuition fee:  £3,495 (includes all course materials)

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