Accueil > Energy, climate and geopolitics - contemporary challenges


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Energy is a cornerstone of our globalised society and a vital element upon which the world economic system is built. Access and control of the energy resources are a key stake in the world's geopolitics while climate change issues, resource scarcity and their foreseen impacts drive our energy model to a potential crisis. The goal of this course is to introduce to the upcoming energy challenges. The introductive part is dedicated to the links between energy systems and social and economic models of our societies. We will then go through the current energy transition dynamic, assess its perspectives and its impacts, studying different scales. The last part of the course addresses the ongoing changes in energy geopolitics and their links with climate issues.


PALLE, Angélique (Post doctorante)

Course validation

Group presentations at the beginning of each session 30% - One group research paper on the case study chosen by the class 30% – One written assignment (final exam with short answer questions on the course contents) 40%.

Required reading

IPCC, 2014, Fifth assessment report, summary for policymakers (link:

Additional required reading

  • Jan H. Kalicki, and David L. Goldwyn (Eds.), 2013, Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition, Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Johns Hopkins University Press; second edition.
  • Judge, A., and Maltby, T. (2017). European Energy Union? Caught between securitisation and ‘riskification', in European Journal of International Security, 2(2), 179-202. doi:10.1017/eis.2017.3
  • Bouzarovski, S. and Tirado-Herrero, S., 2015, “The European Energy Divide: Connecting Energy Transitions with Regional Inequalities”, in L'Europe en Formation, 378,(4), 39-63. doi:10.3917/eufor.378.0039.
  • Simelane, T. and Abdel-Rahman, M. (Eds.), 2012, Energy transition in Africa, Africa Institute of South Africa