The master in Environmental Policy at PSIA is a multidisciplinary degree training a new generation of policy makers, project managers, analysts, auditors of environmental issues at the global level.
Master in Environmental Policy
The master in Environmental Policy at PSIA is a multidisciplinary degree training a new generation of policy makers, project managers, analysts, auditors of environmental issues at the global level. The degree provides an introduction to the state of knowledge in environmental sciences and techniques allowing students to understand the main constraints in policy- making and strategic decision-making processes both in the public and private sectors.
Laurence Tubiana is the Scientific Advisor of the PSIA Master in International Environmental Policy. She is France's Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, and also the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris. Laurence Tubiana is member of several scientific boards of main research institutions such as the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the India Council for Sustainable Development and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. From 1997 to 2002, she served as senior advisor to the Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, on environmental issues and conducted a number of international negotiations on this subject.
Environment is today's foremost global issue, which touches all segments of the world population, and all dimensions of global affairs. PSIA approaches environmental policies and politics from all angles, in order to train the most competent leaders in the field. Ghassan Salamé, Dean of PSIA
Main orientations and specific features
The curriculum introduces the main concepts at stake in environmental sciences and sustainable development through high profile introductory classes in earth sciences, biodiversity and climate change. Students intellectually master public and private strategies on environmental and sustainable development issues in the global arena and acquire analytical skills with a capacity to serve as a mediator between scientists and private operators, managers or public officials. The curriculum focuses on practical and technical skills in policy and project design, risk analysis, project management, auditing, policy design, management and evaluation in the fields of environment, health, nutrition, etc…
Students are trained in the most recent methods in the study of biodiversity, climate change, and the 'Earth system' (ecology, climatology, modelling, etc.) on the one hand, as well as an introduction to the legal, economic and social aspects of sustainable development on the other hand. After a first year based on the acquisition of knowledge, the second year is aimed at professionalising their training: six months of internship in the environmental field or in sustainable development, and another six months during which students will either reinforce their practical knowledge (management, financial and accounting skills, strategy) or prepare for a PhD.
The program enables our graduates to work for international and national agencies, national ministries, and local administrations for positions involving formulation, management and assessment of public policies and projects concerning environment and sustainable development. In the private sector, prospective employers are NGOs, consulting groups, banks investing in sustainable development, companies involved in economic sectors that need to integrate an environmental perspective (industry, transportation, housing, energy, the food industry, etc.) recruit our graduates whether they belong to the "green" business or the classical economy. Graduate can also aim at working in the innovation sector for applied research projects as project designer and managers.
Other careers include journalism and communication on environmental issues for media, internal and external communication services for companies, and consulting in communication for both private and public institutions on the environmental and social aspects of sustainable development (social responsibility).