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University of Oxford (Oxford)

, UK

http://www.ox.ac.uk/

MSc Environmental Change and Management

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Geography and the Environment
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/teaching/msc/
Language:
English
Description:

The course aims to produce students with a broad appreciation of all aspects of the management of people and institutions in relation to environmental change, who are analytical in their approach, and are competent and aware decision makers. Successful applicants develop an in-depth understanding of not only the causes and consequences of environmental change, but also an awareness of the legal, economic and ethical underpinnings of remedial action or management. The central theme of this course is the development of a truly inter-disciplinary approach to the management of the environment.

Keywords:
sustainability,climate change,water,population ecology,deforestation,energy,global change

MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Geography and the Environment
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/graduate/msc-bcm/
Language:
English
Description:

The conservation of the Earth's remaining biodiversity is one of the most important challenges facing humanity. However, there are no easy solutions because biodiversity conservation has to operate in complex socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments.Successful conservation practitioners must span academic disciplines and combine advanced social skills with intellectual rigour. They also need to work effectively in both a conventional office environment and some of the most inhospitable places on the planet.Our one-year UK Research Council-recognised MSc course develops knowledge and critical understanding of conservation and biodiversity science and practice, and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which policy and management decisions are made.

Keywords:
sustainability,biodiversity,conservation,biogeography,environmental policy

MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Geography and the Environment
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/graduate/msc-nsep/
Language:
English
Description:

The course design responds to the profound economic and political challenges for contemporary society posed by the complexity of environmental change. It recognizes that addressing these challenges will require new ways of thinking underpinned by intellectual rigor, innovation and flexibility, as well as the capacity to think across existing disciplinary boundaries.This course enables students to develop a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of the dynamic relations between environment, society and policy.

Keywords:
sustainability,environmental policy,human geography,food,climate change,sustainable development,transportation

MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Geography and the Environment
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/graduate/msc-wspm/
Language:
English
Description:

Sustainable water management is one of the most important challenges facing humanity. Effective and equitable action requires increased capacity to engage with the interdisciplinary and multi-scale nature of managing water. Our one-year Sustainable water management is an increasingly complex challenge and policy priority facing global society. The MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management aims to equip the next generation of water professionals with the blend of skills necessary to make a significant contribution to sustainable water management pathways across competing priorities of water for ecosystems, food, energy, economic growth and human consumption.

Keywords:
sustainability,water science,catchment science,water law,water economics

International Alliance of Research Universities

Website:
http://www.iaruni.org
Area / Region:
Global 
Description:

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) is a collaboration between ten of the world's leading research-intensive universities who share similar visions for higher education, in particular the education of future leaders.IARU is jointly addressing grand challenges facing humanity. The Alliance has identified sustainable solutions on climate change as one of its key initiatives. As a demonstration of its commitment to promote sustainability, IARU has sought to lead by example through the establishment of the Campus Sustainability Programs aimed at reducing the environmental impact of our campus activities. IARU has also successfully organized an International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in 2009. Some of its members have also cooperated on major research projects pertaining to ageing, longevity and health, global security and sustainable cities. 

Activities:
A set of global education initiatives aimed at cultivating a sense of global citizenship and leadership amongst students was also jointly developed under IARU. The Global Summer Program, the Sustainability Fellowships, and internships offer opportunities for students at the IARU member universities to engage critically as global citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.Besides enriching students, the Alliance also brings considerable diversity in the promotion of institutional joint working among its members, inter-university networking and staff development. Projects include Women and Men in Globalising Universities, HR Benchmarking, Value of Research Intensive Universities, Alumni Association and Leadership Best Practice. 
Members:

Australian National University, National University of Singapore, Peking University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, University of Tokyo, University of California Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford, Yale University 

Tyndall Centre

Website:
http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/
Area / Region:
Europe 
Description:

The Tyndall Centre is a unique partnership between a selection of researchers from eight UK research institutions, who together with contributions from Fudan University form the Tyndall Consortium. 

Activities:
In continuing to address the climate change research agenda we are guided by two key objectives relating to mitigation and adaptation.1) To identify and analyse the opportunities, benefits and social, technical and economic challenges associated with different greenhouse gas stabilisation pathways at different temporal and spatial scales; and2) To explore, evaluate and facilitate sustainable routes for adapting to climate change through policy, behavioural and technological innovation and robust decision-support tools. 
Members:

Cardiff University, Fudan University, Newcastle University, University of Manchester, University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Sussex 



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