Pathway 9: Political Ecology, Energy & Environmental Health (PEEH)

Pathway Leads:

Dr Daanish Mustafa, King’s College

Prof Martin Siegert, Imperial College

Working at the interface of social science with environmental science and engineering, the Political Ecology, Energy & Environmental Health pathway will explore the conceptual possibilities opened up by the juxtapositions of politics with ecology, and environment with health. Managing the risks from climate change and transitioning to a sustainable low-carbon economy require new forms of more integrated environmental science to understand the complex feedbacks between interlinked economic, environmental, and biological systems. The interdisciplinary challenges of living with environmental change are more than technical ones and have social and political dimensions, as have been established by foundational work in the emerging field of ‘political ecology’, which spans the disciplines of anthropology, human geography, sociology, and politics and focuses on struggles over environmental resources and the forms of life they depend on and sustain.

There are four training sub-pathways:

A. Global Change & Environmental Security: advances understanding of the causes and consequences of global environmental change and its implications for human societies and security.

King’s College London

MA/MSc Environment & Development 

MSc Climate Change: Environment, Science & Policy 

MA Climate Change: History, Culture & Society

Imperial College

MSc Environmental Technology

MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance

B. Environmental Hazards & Health: assesses the risks to human health and well-being from differentiated patterns of vulnerability to environmental hazards like flooding and air pollution.

King’s College London

MSc Disasters, Adaptation & Development

MSc Risk Analysis

Imperial College

MSc Environmental Technology 

MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance

MSc Epidemiology

C. Environmental Law & Governance: develops critical conceptual and policy tools for adapting to environmental change and governing natural resources more sustainably.

King’s College London

MSc Risk Analysis

MSc Environment, Politics & Globalisation

MSc Water: Science & Governance

Imperial

MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance

D. Energy & Environmental Economics: explores future energy scenarios for a low-carbon economy and their economic, political and behavioural requirements and consequences.

Imperial College

MSc Environmental Technology

MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance