9 June 2011
The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS is launching the world’s first MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy. It will treat energy concerns and climate change as inextricably linked, so that issues of conflict and geopolitics, corporate monopoly, regulatory change and the rise of countries like China, India and Brazil are considered with nuclear power, renewable energy and fossil fuels in the context of climate change.
The degree builds on CISD’s two existing inter-disciplinary MA programmes and will be taught by the centre's director, Dr Dan Plesch, and Harald Heubaum, who comes to CISD from University College London's (UCL) School of Public Policy.
“The new programme exemplifies CISD’s strategy of identifying and filling gaps in higher education," said Dr Plesch. "Climate change exists with geography and environmental science whilst energy is usually taught with a focus on the needs of the oil and gas industries.
“The world needs better global policy making, employers need people with advanced workplace skills as well as wide knowledge and analytic ability," he added. "Happily, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS is setting new standards in meeting these needs with its suite of taught master's programmes. The programme draws on CISD’s hallmark teaching of professional skills, including media training, project management and applied policy analysis.”
The new MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy has grown out of a course which ran as part of the Centre’s MA International Studies and Diplomacy.
"The Global Energy and Climate Policy course at CISD is not only unique, but it should be a compulsory element of any course covering International Affairs,” said Ed King, a current student on the course. “It has enhanced my interest both in the politics of climate change and how energy touches on every part of domestic and international affairs. I recommend the new MSc to anyone remotely interested in the future of the planet."