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Jun 22—24, 2020
3 days
Berlin, Germany
EUR 1690 ≈USD 1880
EUR 563 per day


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Achieving social, economic and environmental sustainability will be essential to establish and maintain global prosperity and peace. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development , sustainability has taken center stage in global governance.

Yet there remain significant barriers to a global sustainability transformation, including tradeoffs among goals, the long-term nature of many challenges, collective action problems, interest groups working to preserve the status quo, and a lack of knowledge about complex interdependent problems and potential solutions.

This class introduces origins and conceptual foundations of sustainability and offers a deep dive into two crucial aspects of the sustainability debate: climate change and renewable energy. For both fields, we will explore science, economics and policy aspects. Building on fundamental economic concepts, we will particularly focus on solutions and potentials for creating synergies between SDGs related to climate change and other domains. This will equip students with tools for understanding and contributing to policy efforts to advance the global sustainability transformation.

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Christian Flachsland

Christian Flachsland is Assistant Professor of Climate and Energy Governance at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on climate, energy and sustainability governance and political economy. He is particularly interested in the institutional analysis of policies in multi-level sett...


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