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June 26 - July 7, 2017 (2 weeks)

Application Deadline: June 19, 2017

Course description


  • This course is an intense program on environmental governance, sustainability and energy dynamics across the globe.
  • During this program participants will study new sets of risks associated with these global dynamics of change and energy development by engaging with representatives from key international institutions.
  • The program is taught by faculty from UNIGE and renowned partner universities.
  • Lectures will be held at Geneva-based governmental and non-governmental international organizations ( eg. UN, World Economic Forum, IRCA, WTO, WHO and UNEP etc.).
  • This program delves deep into current international deliberations and their impacts on societies and cities.
  • Students will discover the role, significance and contribution of Geneva to global circuits of change.
  • Equivalence of 6 ECTS credits (45-60 hours of lecture)

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the interconnectedness of global and local challenges related to environment, energy and risk
  • Overview of key research findings and governance experience
  • Insight into selected research methods and analytical tools
  • Knowledge about how international organisations and local players engage themselves and what drivers and barriers are
  • Experience in interacting with experts and peers from various backgrounds
  • Training of skills in discussion of complex issues, presentation and written reporting

Evaluation and grading

  • Class participation (25%)
  • Paper (50%)
  • Group presentation (25%)


Discover the summer school website and blog where you will find all the work that has been done during this summer.


 Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Target Audience

Professionals, upper year undergraduates and graduate students.

Tuition Fees

UNIGE students: 250 CHF

Others: 1,800 CHF

Faculty & Staff

Course Directors:

Dr. Alexandre Hedjazi
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Professor Martin Patel
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Ashley Pilipiszyn
Teaching Assistant and Coordinator


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