ENP-36306 Climate Governance


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. IJC Boas
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. R Leemans
dr. IJC Boas
dr. EH van der Werf
dr. AP Richter
Examiner(s)prof. dr. R Leemans
dr. AP Richter
dr. IJC Boas
dr. EH van der Werf

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Assumed knowledge on:

The course requires basic knowledge on environmental science and global change, environmental policy, and environmental economics. Students are expected to have active knowledge at the level of introductory courses, such as ESA-23306 Introduction to Global Change, ENP-34306 Environmental Policy: Analysis and Evaluation, ENR22806 Principles of Climate Change Economics and Policy, and ENR21306 Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences.


This course provides critical insight into the social, political, and economic processes that govern climate change. It consists of six topics:
- the development of climate policy on a sub-national, national and international level, from a political and economic perspective;
- the political dynamics emerging from a new international climate agreement;
- the role of non-state actors in climate governance;
- major theories and concepts from political science and environmental policy which are relevant for the analysis of climate governance: regime theory, fragmentation, private governance (incl. legitimacy and accountability), discourses, ecological modernization, the science-policy interface;
- economic incentives and instruments for mitigation and adaptation, including economics of risk and uncertainty, behavioral economics, and international responses to domestic action;
- the governance of specific areas of climate policy, including sub-national and non-governmental initiatives (mitigation and adaptation policy).
Topics are illuminated from the political and policy perspective by the Environmental Policy group (ENP) and from the economic perspective by the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources group (ENR). The Environmental Systems Analysis group (ESA) provides a contribution on the international science-policy interface.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- critically reflect on the political and economic processes that govern climate adaptation and mitigation;
- understand the role of scientific research and the science-policy interface in climate governance;
- identify major theories, concepts and models from political science and economics which contribute to the understanding of climate governance;
- apply these theories, concepts and models to specific cases and areas of climate governance;
- critically reflect on the ways in which climate governance can be transformed and further developed.


- lectures;
- studying the course literature;
- assignments for tutorials;
- individual essay assignment.


- written test with open questions (50%);
- individual essay (50%).
To pass both parts requires a minimum mark of 5.5


See course guide.

Compulsory for: MCLClimate StudiesMScE: Climate, Society and Economics5MO
Restricted Optional for: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMScB: Spatial Planning5MO
MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMScA: Landscape Architecture5MO
MCLClimate StudiesMScD: Human-Environment Interactions5MO