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KAFP 3965 - Sustainable development : global challenge and critical changes in European policymaking

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Sustainability has long been a second order chapter of policy making. The Paris Agreement on Climate and the Sustainable Development Goals tell a different story, where all public and private strategies need to be aligned on the transformation of our societies towards sustainability. Even key players resisting this global consensus have helped raising the geopolitical importance of sustainable development, particularly for a region like Europe. Why should Europe engage ambitiously towards sustainability, for internal as well as international purposes ? What can we learn from its already long experience of environmental policies ? What are the most needed changes in policy making in Europe to make sustainable development a reality ? These are the questions that this course will discuss.


  • CHABASON, Lucien (Directeur par interim)
  • ORLANDO, Leonardo G. (Doctorant)
  • TREYER, Sébastien (Directeur des programmes, IDDRI)

Pedagogical format

The course will be based on presentations by the professors followed by a discussion with the class. Some sessions will be based on the interaction with an invited speaker, expert or actor of important sectoral policies under discussion.

Course validation

Evaluation will be based on ; - a mid term paper discussing a past case of failure in an environmental policy in Europe, based on a paper from the literature - a final paper on proposals for the future EU commission of critical solutions to make Agenda 2030 a reality


For each session, some required readings will be necessary. The two papers will be based on literature review : the mid term paper on the discussion of one particular policy evaluation paper, and the final paper on the review of policy analysis as well as position papers.

Required reading

  • EEA (2015) The European Environment – State and outlook 2015, Synthesis report, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen
  • Jordan, A.J. and C. Adelle (ed.) (2012) Environmental Policy in the European Union: Contexts, Actors and Policy Dynamics (3e). Earthscan: London and Sterling, VA
  • Nigel Haigh, EU Environmental Policy. Its Journey to Centre
  • Swinnen, J. (ed), (2015) The Political Economy of the 2014 -2020 Common Agricultural Policy : An imperfect storm, Center for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Rowman and Littlefield International, London
  • UNGA (2015) Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for

Additional required reading

  • EEA (2013) Late lessons from early warnings : science, precaution, innovation, Synthesis report, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen
  • Hart K, Baldock D, Buckwell A (2016), Learning the lessons of the Greening of the CAP, a report for the UK Land Use Policy Group in collaboration with the European Nature Conservation Agencies Network, Institute for European Environmental Policy, London.
  • Khalilian, Setareh; Froese, Rainer; Proelss, Alexander; Requate, Till (November 2010). "Designed for failure: a critique of the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union". Marine Policy. Elsevier. 34 (6): 1178–1182. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2010.04.001
  • Løkke, Søren, “The Precautionary Principle and Chemicals Regulation. Past Achievements and Future Possibilities”, 13 Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2006), pp. 342 et sqq; Eckley, Noelle and Selin, Henrik, “All talk, little action: precaution and European chemicals regulation”, 11 Journal of European Public Policy (2004),pp. 78 et sqq.
  • Voituriez et al. (2018) Steering the EU towards a sustainability transformation, European Think Tank Group report,