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OADD 2150 - From Local to Global: Decision Making for the Environment

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course has been labelled as a “PSIA pedagogically innovative course”(see below pedagogical format for further information). Policies on environmental issues face a unique challenge: managing different scales. Adapting administrative layers and political contexts to the physical and scientific realities of natural resources and public goods is a complex assignment. While relations between Nation-States retain their relevance, non-state actor participation in environmental decision-making - such as of local governments, regional organisms, private sector stakeholders and NGOs - is rapidly becoming more fruitful. Trans-scalar initiatives very much emanate from civil society and local public authorities, often responding to the shortcomings of multilateralism on environment. New dynamics, often lateral and network related, have recently developed and bring innovative solutions to environmental governance. This seminar intends to be precise on the movement from one legal framework to another, from one level of awareness to another, from one set of stakeholders to another. It intends to better understand and to question the term “glocal”.


  • CULOT, Marguerite (Conseillère parlementaire climat-environnement)
  • LANDES, Henri (Enseignant et chercheur à Forccast)
  • MAUDINET, Antoine (Coordinateur réseau WWF économie verte)

Pedagogical format

*** This course has been labelled as a “PSIA pedagogically innovative course”: - Concrete application of theoretical knowledge in decision making on environment with concrete case studies ; - Development of strong team work and peers management skills in an international context ; - Simulation exercises on environmental negociations.

Course validation

Oral Presentation: 30% (12 minutes, in groups of 3 students) ; - Individual Memoire: 40% (4,500 - 5,000 words) ; - Participation in an in-class simulation of a negotiation on environmental issue: 20% ; - In-class participation: 10%.

Required reading

  • Chapters 1-2 (pages 1-47) de Keohane R.O., Ostrom E., Harvard University Center for International Affairs, (1995), Local Commons and Global Interdependence
  • Gemmill B., Bamidele-Izu A., Yale, 2010, "The Role of NGOs and Civil Society in Global Environmental Governance" g/gemmill.pdf
  • Lord Ofjord Blaxekjaer, Tobias Dan Nielsen, October 2014, Mapping the Narrative Position of New Political Groups under the UNFCCC
  • European Commission, 2012 : “A History of the Common Agricultural Policy”