Time commitment: Approx. 2-4 hours per week

Cost: Free

Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st century geopolitics.  These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner.  Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies.  It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.

This 8-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment. 

This course is for: 

-Peace and security specialists that want to understand more about natural resources.

-Natural resource experts that want to design more conflict-sensitive programs.

-Sustainable development practitioners as well as private sector actors that need to understand how natural resources can be developed in fragile contexts with weak governance.

-Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of this growing field.

The course will launch on March 1st, 2018. The course includes eight weeks of lectures and two additional weeks for catch-up, so it will remain open until May 10th, 2018. Students can enroll anytime. After May 10th, 2018 the course content will no longer be available.

Course materials are made available each Thursday and remain available for the duration of the course. All course components (videos, readings, and quizzes) can be completed at a time that is convenient for students and anytime before the course ends. Live webinars are offered throughout the course so that you can ask questions directly to instructors.

To learn about more about this course, faculty & lecturers, and enrollment information click on the following link: