Courses

 

This page provides a listing of university courses, professional face-to-face courses, and online training courses that directly relate to environmental peacebuilding or to a specific thematic component of the topic. These include:

 

• Graduate and undergraduate-level university courses that are dedicated primarily to natural resource management, conflict, and peacebuilding; as well as broader courses that include key units on related topics;

• Short courses targeting mid-career professionals and senior executives, which are meant to cover key thematic issues and/or provide a framework for analysis and decision making;

• Free, self-paced online training courses on topics related to natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding.

 

If you would like to suggest a course for inclusion in this listing, please contact share@environmentalpeacebuilding.org.

 

 

Environment, Conflict & Peacebuilding

Environment, Conflict & Peacebuilding

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This survey course covers a broad sampling of topics associated with natural resources and conflict, humanitarian assistance, and post-conflict peacebuilding. Topics covered include the role of natural resources as a cause of conflict (greed and grievance theory); linkages between specific resources (e.g., oil, water, and forests), conflict, and peacebuilding; peace parks; environmental impacts of war; natural resources...

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Biodiversity, Natural Resouces & Conflict

Biodiversity, Natural Resouces & Conflict

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This course focuses on understanding and managing natural resource-based conflicts with a particular eye toward biodiversity.  The target audience is graduate students who are conservation scientists, environmental policymakers, rural development specialists, political ecologists, and conflict/peace workers. Topics covered include causes and nature of environmental conflicts; impacts of conflict on environmental conditions; the environment’s role in generating conflict; land,...

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Geography of Development

Geography of Development

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This undergraduate-level course examines the geography of development by looking at a selection of critical topics, drawn primarily from Africa. It considers how the international donor, diplomatic, and science communities work, along with the role of host governments--in pursuing agendas for development.   Approximately half of the course is spent analyzing “the role of land rights in armed...

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Geography of Conflict

Geography of Conflict

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This course examines how contemporary armed conflicts are linked to natural resource distribution, state formation, social identities and places, borders and boundaries, and the creation of social, economic, and political hierarchies and networks over space.   Topics covered include natural resources and human-environment linkages; climate change and violent conflict; scale of conflicts (including natural resource commodities chains);...

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Development and Livelihoods

Development and Livelihoods

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This undergraduate-level course discusses the geographical dimensions of rural/urban livelihoods in the face of socioeconomic and environmental change in developing regions, with one unit focusing on Africa with a theme of livelihoods under change and stress. Topics covered include livelihoods and conflict in Africa; traditional and local conflict resolution and livelihood recovery; natural resources and peacebuilding; park-people...

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Environment, Conflict and Cooperation

Environment, Conflict and Cooperation

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This survey course covers a broad sampling of topics associated with natural resources and conflict, humanitarian assistance, and post-conflict peacebuilding. Topics covered include the role of natural resources and the environment in peacebuilding; the environmental consequences of war; negotiation and mediation techniques for natural resource management; humanitarian assistance and environmental conflict between refugee and host communities; linkages between...

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Environmental Peacemaking

Environmental Peacemaking

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This course focuses on the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental peacemaking and identifies ways that the environment provides opportunities for building bridges of collaboration between conflicting parties. The course examines interactions of violence, conflict, peace, security, and the natural environment. Some of the specific topics covered include: power, the environment and conflict or cooperation; regional environmental cooperation...

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Environment, Conflict and Peace

Environment, Conflict and Peace

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This course creates a learning environment for students to understand, analyze and critically engage with the questions and debates at the nexus of environment, conflict and peace. The course has into three main sections: theory and concepts, the human dimension, and governance and innovation. In the first third of the course, students study the role of...

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Equitable Management of High-Value Natural Resources: A Recipe for Peace?

Equitable Management of High-Value Natural Resources: A Recipe for Peace?

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Access, distribution and management of natural resources including land, renewable and non-renewable resources have often been at the core of violent conflicts. The United Nations estimates that since 1950, 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts have had a link to natural resources, and that this link increases the risk of conflict relapse within the first...

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Preventing and Resolving Natural Resource Conflicts

Preventing and Resolving Natural Resource Conflicts

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The management of High Value Natural Resources is a challenging issue in many different countries. Since 1990, at least eighteen violent conflicts have been linked or fuelled by the exploitation of High Value Natural Resources such as, gold, diamonds, minerals and oil . In fact, High Value Natural Resources become source of violence when their control,...

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Land, Natural Resources, and Conflict Prevention

Land, Natural Resources, and Conflict Prevention

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The online course begins with a global overview to enhance understanding of the link between natural resources and conflict, and their overall effect on development and the UN-EU interventions in managing them.   The 3 course modules relate to specific natural resources concerns: land, extractive industries and renewable resources. Throughout the course, the learner will follow three Peace...

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Training Programme: Environment, Natural Resources & UN Peacekeeping

Training Programme: Environment, Natural Resources & UN Peacekeeping

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Module 1 provides a basic introduction to the role of natural resources and the environment in contributing to conflict and peacebuilding. It explores the benefits of addressing these issues as part of peacekeeping operations and outlines individual responsibilities for environmental management, drawing on the DFS/DPKO Environmental Policy. Module 2 provides an overview of the entry points...

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Natural Resources and Security: Africa and Middle East

Natural Resources and Security: Africa and Middle East

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This class will look into the importance of water, minerals, land and the climate as sources of conflict and cooperation within and across these countries. There will be discussions of the international and national laws related to water, minerals and climate, with a specific emphasis on how the problems and weaknesses in such laws and...

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Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures

Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures

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Students undertake applied social analysis on transforming environmental and natural resource conflicts. Topics include, community development, social development, environmental security, human security, the global commons, ecological sustainability, ecosystem health, resilience and environmental peacemaking. The focus is on safe and secure environmental futures. Students write a case study based on an environmetal conflict where they explore environmental and social...

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Business, Conflict & Peace Course

Business, Conflict & Peace Course

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Businesses are often seen as the ‘bad guys’ in conflict-affected contexts. However, the roles businesses play in such environments are more complex. While some companies have been accused of committing human rights violations and exacerbating conflicts, others have been commended for advocating a peaceful resolution to conflict or actively engaging in international peace initiatives. One factor that...

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Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

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Conflicts over access to, and control of, resources have been a constant in human history. Rational policies to manage increasingly scarce resources often result in seemingly irrational reactions, many of which are rooted in specific cultural values and misunderstandings as much as varying stakeholder aims and objectives. This course combines conflict and conflict resolution theory with...

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Palestinian and Israeli Emerging Leaders Program

Palestinian and Israeli Emerging Leaders Program

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The Palestinian and Israeli Emerging Leaders Program aims to change the way in which Israeli and Palestinian leaders relate to each other, their communities, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  The course seeks to change how participants relate to the Arab-Israeli conflict by creating a less hostile environment in which emerging leaders can address conflicts in the future....

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Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

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This program seeks to develop participants' conflict resolution and leadership skills duirng a 10 day hiking expedition through the Costa Rican cloud forest.  The trip to Costa Rica gives participants the opportunity to learn, practice, and apply leadership and peacebuilding skills.  The wilderness experience will give participants the tools to build peace back in their home...

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SPI: Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness

SPI: Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness

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Participants will utilize an experiential approach to develop leadership skills through a 7 day hike in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest.  Participants will practice leadership styles, learn to apply different conflict resolution skills, and explore some of the roots of conflict (power, rank, and privilege).     The course is designed for students to deepen understanding of the...

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Environment, Peace, and Security

Environment, Peace, and Security

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This intensive, five-day, Environment, Peace, and Security Executive Seminar provides senior managers with the intellectual framework, practical skills, and analytic toolkits that they can apply to their organizations to meet challenges arising from environmental variability and conflict. Participants will learn how environment, peacebuilding, and security are increasingly interlinked and mutually dependent; the major trends shaping these linkages; and...

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Land, Property, and Conflict

Land, Property, and Conflict

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Disputes and grievances over land and property are implicated in practically all conflicts. This course provides policymakers and practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements. Drawing on case studies of peace operations and peacebuilding...

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