Resources, Environment and Energy Policy

Humans remain part of the natural world. Like all other species, we rely upon the resources of the planet to thrive, and we return our wastes to the same environment. The impact of human activity on local areas has always been obvious—uncoordinated exploitation of resources and discharge of waste progressively reduces human well being. Growing population and economic activity increase the potential gains from understanding and optimizing our relationship with the rest of the natural world.

The concentration in Resources, Environment, and Energy Policy provides Public Policy students with an opportunity to devote a year to intense study of what is known scientifically about the impact of human economic activity on the earth’s resources, and of alternative means to enhance human well-being through public measures designed to optimize resource use.

Perhaps the most powerful set of environmental policy tools are those that control the use of energy resources. The state of scientific and technological knowledge at any time in history, together with known energy resources, defines feasible energy choices. Uncoordinated individual decisions to exploit these choices can lead to patterns of energy use that are socially inefficient.

An example is the tendency of individual drivers to ignore their own contribution to air pollution when making a decision to drive, walk or bicycle. It is the task of public policy to prevent such outcomes by inducing decision-makers to take into account all the effects of particular energy choices. This is also true of other natural resources, such as land and water. Ultimately, systems that adjust individual and organizational incentives must be devised in order to bring incentives in line with the public interest as determined by policy makers. Effective implementation of energy and other environmental policy goals may require changes in law, tax policy, the provision of public services such as highways and mass transit, international treaties, and other policy tools.

Students completing this concentration have employment opportunities with local, state, federal, and international organizations and regulatory agencies and with the firms dealing with environmental, energy, and other natural resource issues, and with private firms interacting with such agencies and organizations, including consultancies.

The list of graduate level gateway and elective concentration courses may also be found in the Stanford Bulletin. Note that this is not an exhaustive list; students may select other courses for their concentration with the approval of their faculty advisor. 

Affiliated Faculty

Political Science
Department of Earth System Science
Public Policy
Hopkins Marine Station
Graduate School of Business - Faculty
Management Science and Engineering
Law School
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Management Science and Engineering
Economics

Gateway Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Goulder, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday
4:15 PM
7:15 PM

Sweeney, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Elective Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Koseff, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

Freyberg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Freyberg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Kopperud, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Jacobson, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Woodward, J. (PI)
Gragg, D. (PI)
Stasio, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Woodward, J. (PI)
Gragg, D. (PI)
Stasio, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Monismith, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Fong, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

Smith, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Criddle, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

2021 - 2022
Winter

Criddle, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Boehm, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday
1:30 PM
5:30 PM

Hildemann, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
2:45 PM
3:45 PM

Casciotti, K. (PI)
Contreras, A. (TA)
Trepte, T. (TA)
Rattu, M. (TA)
Vitousek, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Archie, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Durlofsky, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

Gerritsen, M. (PI)
Kovscek, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Brandt, A. (PI)
Benson, S. (PI)
Ayoola, F. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Gardner, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

LAW 2505

Schwartz, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
4:15 PM
7:15 PM

O'Connell, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Thursday
11:10 AM
12:30 PM

Zheng, X. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Edwards, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30 AM
9:30 AM

MS&E 201

Tse, E. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Goel, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Giesecke, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Lin, H. (PI)
Kumar, R. (TA)
Rajesh, N. (TA)
Tokuyama, D. (TA)
O'Donohue, A. (TA)
Alpert, L. (TA)
Person, H. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM