Environment, Natural Resources & Climate Change:
Master's Degree Program in Environmental Policy and Law
The Master's Degree Program Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change in Environmental Policy and Law is a new multidisciplinary two-year Master's degree program that combines high level teaching with vocationally-oriented educational objectives.
The program provides advanced training in policy, law and impact assessments for climate change and sustainable management of natural resources.
The program is based on two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance and Environmental and Climate Change Law. All students are required to take courses in Natural Resources Governance, Environmental Law and Policy, and in Climate Change Law and Policy before selecting their major.
The aim of the program is to prepare graduates for the global employment market. The academic skills provided by the program qualify graduates for a variety of expert level positions in the field of environment, natural resource management and climate change governance. Graduates may expect, for example, to become consultants or environmental leaders within the business sector, officers for national or European Union-level environmental and natural resource administration, or to secure positions in the field of international environmental diplomacy and law making in the governmental or non-governmental sectors.
Our expertise on Environment, Natural Resources & Climate Change
The program will benefit from the research and education networks of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY). The LYY Institute is a network organisation operating at the University of Eastern Finland. The Institute combines expertise from social and cultural research and applies it to the analysis of natural resource use and the environment. The LYY has made UEF's Joensuu Campus one of Finland's leading units for social-scientific environmental research, focusing especially on issues of natural resource governance and policies of sustainable development.
The Institute's researcher network includes over 100 researchers and postgraduate students, as well as 12 professors, representing several disciplines including geography, forest economics and policy, environmental law, history, aesthetics, and policy, sociology, education and tourism studies.
The Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY) operates in one of the Areas of Expertise in Research of the University of Eastern Finland: Forests and the Environment. The University of Eastern Finland enjoys a leading national position in the field of forestry research. The extensive research conducted by the university on forests and the climate, other natural resources and the human habitat in the natural sciences, health sciences and social sciences underscores the sustainable use of natural resources and constitutes an internationally unique research cluster in the field. The societal significance of the area of expertise is enhanced by research pertaining to environmental law, operating environments and societal development.
LYY internet pages are available at: http://www.uef.fi/lyy