Environmental and Energy Policy—PhD

What you'll work on

The PhD program in Environmental and Energy Policy provides opportunities for conducting interdisciplinary research in support of sustainable and equitable development. Students’ research contribute to environmental goals such as facilitating the transition to sustainable energy systems, effectively managing the world’s scarce water and other natural resources and protecting the ecosystem services upon which we all depend. The opportunities for research exist at many scales, from projects involving local watersheds and urban recycling programs, to global supply chains and international treaties. The PhD program prepares students to conduct independent research with essential training for government, corporate, college and university, or non-profit careers.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Environment and Public Policy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainability and Conservation

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Who you'll work with

Michigan Tech's program is small and focused, which permits us to be flexible and to work intensively with each of our graduate students. The program will focus on policy-related research supporting societal decisions and choices toward a sustainable society. Program faculty have expertise across issues of energy systems, forest resources, food sovereignty, among other environmental issues, particularly the social, legal, and political contexts influencing resource governance and access.

Faculty Spotlight

Nancy Langston

Nancy Langston
Environmental History

"Solving environmental problems requires interdisciplinary tools."

The challenges facing Lake Superior are many, yet communities have overcome enormous threats to the lake’s ecosystems in the past. What can we learn from the recoveries of the past century as we face new, interconnected problems like climate change, synthetic chemicals, and forest change?

Where you'll work

Our students get out from behind their desks and into the field. From mining issues in the Upper Midwest to the global impacts of climate change, you’ll apply what you learn to projects around the world. Many MS and PhD students are supported by graduate teaching and research assistantships. Their work takes them across the Americas and throughout Europe and Asia.