Executive MPA   Executive training  


20-22 February 2023 | Executive seminar

With the adoption of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, sustainability has taken center stage in public policy debates at global, national and local levels. This class introduces and explores the concept of sustainability and its social, economic and environmental dimensions. Climate change will serve as the core case study linking all three elements. We will consider normative foundations, indicators, tools for analysing synergies and trade-offs among different goals, as well as public policies and governance options for achieving sustainability. A particular focus is on the political economy of interactions between the state, business and NGOs in devising public policy for sustainability. The tools taught in this course are rooted mainly in economics and political science, but their application will be non-formal throughout. Note that this is not a class in development economics or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Main learning objectives:

• Introduce core concepts in contemporary sustainability governance.

• Give an overview of key sustainability challenges, in particular climate change.

• Conceptualise sustainability as a public policy challenge in the context of polycentric global governance.


This seminar is offered in the open enrolment programme and as part of the Executive MPA programme.