Training future leaders

water field courseE4A prepares students to become change agents capable of analysing and managing the unique challenges of the Anthropocene. Their work will aim to influence research and policy in both public and private sectors.

E4A applies a combination of classroom and on-the-ground learning to the three university sites. Joint theory courses are held in web-enabled classrooms. Joint field courses include non-academic partners and provide hands-on experience in transdisciplinary problems and the associated ecological, social and economic dimensions.



Students are integrated into a growing network of expertise and knowledge mobilization, through:

1) Curricula grounded in Ecological Economics

  • From the ‘Big Bang’ to the Anthropocene (1stterm)
  • Fundamentals of Ecological Economics and Finance (2ndterm)
  • Analytical Methods of Ecological Economics (2ndterm)
  • One of the following to be developed and led by the students: Law & Governance for the Anthropocene, Economics & Finance for the Anthropocene, Ethics & Cosmology for the Anthropocene (3rdterm)
  • Field course focussed on a research theme (water, energy or climate justice)

2) Internships with non-academic partners to apply Ecological Economics methods and concepts to real-world issues

3) Access to scholars and experts to help in preparation of research projects, theses and dissertations

4) Engagement in outreach, symposium-planning, community-building and knowledge mobilization

5) Presentation of research, teaching modules, and collaborative synthesis papers

6) Participation in knowledge-sharing at retreats and partnership meetings

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