Budapest, Hungary

Climate Nexus: Interlinking Energy, Agriculture, and Water

when 22 July 2024 - 27 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 360

The climate crisis requires changes to the major systems that cause climate change (energy and agriculture) and those that need to adapt (agriculture and water). This course provides a larger picture of the challenges within and between the systems.

The aim of the course is to equip emerging leaders with knowledge and experience to assist in framing the interlinked challenges for a more sustainable energy and agricultural transition. The target audience is emerging leaders in policy, NGOs, and business. This includes academia, think tanks, policy research centers, non-governmental organizations focused on social and environmental issues, and energy and agricultural businesses. Course content will inform the work of actors and activists in alternative food and energy networks, supplementing their knowledge of transition movements with an in-depth analysis of the nexus between agriculture, water, and energy systems.

The course will include interactive discussions, group assignments, consultation sessions, podcast recording, and field trips.

Course leader

Michael LaBelle, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Department of Economics and Business, Central European University, Vienna, Austria

Target group

We invite applications from young and advanced scholars in established fields of energy and food, mid-level analysts, and managers of firms and policy think tanks. Applications from advanced undergraduate students who have adequate prior study or engagement experience on the subject and make a compelling case in their application/statement of interest will also be considered.

Course aim

The aim is to educate a group of leaders who can prompt others to think of the interconnections and facilitate change in their everyday work.  The course takes a global focus by drawing on expert instructors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The classroom discussions will be global and regional in scope, covering examples from a diverse set of countries and regions. Some central features of this course are:

Playing the global Nexus Game, Ghada Amin, Regional Technical Advisor Middle East North Africa MENA Dialogue, German Agency for International Cooperation GmbH
Acting on political priorities in Africa, Feliz Mulhovo, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Reforming the EU’s Single Energy Market, Alberto Pototschnig, former ACER director
Energy communities and a just energy transition, Rachel Guyet, Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE, Nice, France), and CERI-Sciences Po, Dijon, France
The fragility of food systems, Tim Betton, Chatham House

Credits info

1 EC
Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of attendance is also awarded.

Fee info

EUR 360: payable until May 28


The Open Society University Network is offering scholarships on a competitive basis for currently enrolled students and employees of OSUN member institutions. If admitted, fee waivers are available for students of CIVICA institutions.