GY327      Half Unit
Global Environmental Governance

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Michael Mason STC5.10


This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course examines the issues, actors and processes that shape environmental governance at the transnational and global scales. Introductory lectures on the global environmental policy process introduce different scholarly perspectives informing recent and current research: these approaches are referred to as subsequent lectures address particular actor groups, processes and issues. Students are encouraged to think critically about the ways in which the regulation of global environmental risk is framed and politically negotiated.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce a formative essay in the Lent Term.

Indicative reading

  • Betsill, M.M., Hochstetler, K. and Stevis, D. (eds.) (2014) Advances in international environmental politics, second edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Biermann, F. (2014) Earth system governance: World politics in the Anthropocene, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Fuentes-George, K. (2016) Between preservation and exploitation: Transnational advocacy networks and conservation in developing countries, Cambridge, MIT: MIT Press.
  • Gupta, A. and Mason, M. (2014) Transparency in global environmental governance: Critical perspectives, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • O'Neill, K. (2017) The environment and international relations, second edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Park, S. and T. Kramarz (2019) Global environmental governance and the accountability trap, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2018/19: 47

Average class size 2018/19: 17

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication