AREA 5 – SUSTAINABILITY POLICY OR MANAGEMENT  

(3 Credits)

Courses in this area examine the relationships among sustainability science, policy and management. Students learn about the socio-political and economic contexts in which sustainability science is practiced and the opportunities and obstacles for integrating scientific knowledge in decision-making.

SUSC PS5270 Managing Diverging Stakeholder Interests in Response to Climate Change

Instructor: Dr. Robert Newton

 

This course will explore ways in which a changing climate drives divergent, often conflicting, responses from different segments of society: distinct economic classes, industries, communities, countries, etc. This course takes a case study approach, looking at how specific socio-economic impacts of global warming are changing alignments and/or deepening stakeholder entrenchment. It has become common to say that “society lacks political will” to implement effective climate policy; but a closer look indicates that it might be more accurate to say that strong, but conflicting, interests delay action. Further, when the costs of climate change and other environmental risks accrue to one social group while the benefits of new opportunities to another, regulatory policy can be badly distorted. To address this set of problems students will start with science-based projections of change in the Arctic and North America, and will look at how different stakeholders have already responded to change.

The course will include a segment on modeling stakeholder conflict. Several types of models will be described and students will have access to a version of the Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY) model that has been modified to include delays in policy implementation. The HANDY model runs quickly enough to try out scenarios in class to test possible impacts of conflict and delay on environmental sustainability.

CONTACT US

 

Notice on Campus Visits

In light of the evolving Covid-19 situation and the University’s guidelines for on-campus activity, Columbia University SPS Admissions has suspended all in-person campus visits for the Fall 2020 semester. We invite prospective students to drop by our virtual walk-in hours with general admissions questions.

 

Weekly virtual walk-in hours 

Tuesdays (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT)

Thursdays (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT)

 

Admissions Counselors can connect you directly to students, alumni, faculty, and facilitate virtual class visits. You can also register for an information session. Our virtual events allow you to interact with our admissions staff and learn more about the Columbia SPS community.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at inquire@sps.columbia.edu or 212-854-9666. 

 

If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please contact Samantha Ostrowski, Associate Director, at sostrowski@ei.columbia.edu.

Campus Visits, Graduate School Fairs & Company Presentations

We are eager to host you on the Columbia University campus or to meet you at one of our information sessions.

 

Our program offers a part-time option for working professionals. If your company would like to host an information session, please contact us. For more information about the graduate school fairs that we attend throughout the United States, please contact Chandler Precht, Program Manager at cprecht@ei.columbia.edu

 

Program Contacts

Samantha Ostrowski

Associate Director

sostrowski@ei.columbia.edu

Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager

mp3221@columbia.edu

 

Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
212-854-9666
sustainability@sps.columbia.edu

IMPORTANT DATES

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spring 2021: November 1, 2020

Fall 2021: May 15, 2021

HBCU FELLOWSHIP DEADLINES

Program Application Deadline: December 30th

For more information about the HBCU Fellowship,

please visit this website or contact 

hbcu-fellowship@sps.columbia.edu.

If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Science program, please submit your contact information below.

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