Transnational Environmental Politics

Course Description: 

This course will focus on the nexus between three different but linked types of security:  energy, water, and food. “Nexus thinking,” whereby the interrelationships between energy, food and water become the primary unit of analysis, is spurring innovations in theoretical understandings and policy design. Increasingly, nexus thinking is being applied to diverse issues, including resource management, poverty eradication and human development, and the green economy.

Seeking to bridge thinking in environmental sciences, international relations, and anthropology this course examines this nexus at various levels of analysis (global, regional and local), including cross-scale linkages. The feedback loops between energy, food and water policy and security issues will be examined, showing how trade-offs are often made and look for synergies and new solutions when policy communities interact.

The course begins with a theoretical review of the debates surrounding environmental and energy security. The central part of the course is case-based, with a focus on both macro and micro-level issues. The course concludes with a focus on international environmental governance.