• Course dates for 2016
  • Five day intensive executive programme
  • LSE's Central London Campus, New Academic Building,
    WC2A 2AE
  • Dr Simon Dietz
    Professor Sam Fankhauser
    David Stainforth
  • Tuition fees for 2016

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.

Programme overview

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.



This course is taught by members of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.


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.

    Applications open November 2015

    Find out more about how to apply

 "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


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