The London School of Economics and Political Science

Available dates

Jun 15—19, 2020
5 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 3995 ≈USD 5111
GBP 799 per day


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About the course

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.

Guest speakers confirmed Practitioner panel on adaptation to climate change featuring Ivan Biot (Director of R&D, Farm Africa), Daniel Johns (Head of Adaption, Committee on Climate Change), Swenja Surminski (Senior Research Fellow, LSE) and Marcela Tarazona (Senior Consultant and Environmental Economist, Oxford Policy Management).

Alessandro Vitelli, freelance reporter covering carbon, climate & energy will also be giving a lecture on carbon markets.

Course description

Building on this common base, the course will then cover four main, but interlinked, topics.

  • 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.

Who should attend

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.

Trust the experts

Luca Taschini

Awards Dahrendorf Research Fellowship Experience Keywords Carbon markets; Energy Economics; Environmental economics; Industrial organization Research Summary Luca Taschini is an economist, working at the intersection of environmental economics, energy markets, and industrial organizati...


Veerle Heyvaert

Experience Keywords European Union law; environmental law; risk regulation Research Summary Current research interest cover international environmental law and questions of compliance with international commitments, new developments in European environmental law, and in particular the refor...


Declan Conway

Professor Conway is an interdisciplinary researcher concentrating on the interactions between climate and society. During 2009 – 2011 he held a part-time secondment with the UK Department for International Development as a Senior Research Fellow on climate change. He is Chair of the UK Programme ...


Richard Perkins

Associate Professor (Reader) in Environmental Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, and Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Previously taught in the School of Geography, Uni...


David Stainforth

David is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), leading the research programme on climate modelling and decision-making. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for the Analysis of...


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