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Natural Resource Governance and Energy Transition: Policies and Practice

23 May–22 July 2022

  • Training

  • Starting 7:15AM

  • Ending 7:15AM EDT

  • Online

  • Registration closed

Registration for this course is now closed.

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and NADEL-Center for Development and Cooperation at ETH Zürich will host the “Natural Resource Governance and Energy Transition: Policies and Practice” course online.

This advanced-​​​level multi-​​​stakeholder course is open to exceptional leaders from government, civil society, parliaments, media, international development agencies and industry associations as well as academics, researchers and analysts from universities and think tanks.

The course will equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to contribute towards better governance and oversight of natural resources. Specifically, participants in the course will examine the political economy of governance in resource-​​rich states and explore how it impacts domestic policy debates and practice. In light of the global imperative to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, these skills are paramount to leaders in natural resource governance who need to understand the impact of politics and power on policy outcomes.

Course duration: 23 May – 22 July 2022

Live instruction weeks: weeks of 23 May, 11 July and 18 July 2022

For detailed information on mandatory live sessions and self-​study phases, refer to the course brochure.

Course fee: CHF 1500

For detailed information on the application process and dates, refer to the course brochure.

Teaching format: Online

The 2022 course will cover topics including:
  • Energy transition related challenges on natural resource sectors
  • The political economy of natural resource extraction
  • Discovery and allocation of resource rights
  • Fiscal regimes and taxation
  • Managing natural resource revenues and investment
  • State-​owned companies governance
  • Environmental and social impacts of extraction
  • Corruption and accountability
The course is made up of online self-​study material (readings, videos, online fora and online quizzes and exercises) and interactive live lectures by leading experts, group discussions and skill-​building workshops. Course participants also have the opportunity to sign up for online one-​​​on-​one clinics with our experts to discuss individual challenges they are facing in their respective contexts.  

Workload: Approximately 70 hours (live sessions, group discussions, individual assignments, readings, videos, exercises)

The course is delivered online and consists of two phases:

• Introductory week (approx. 10 hours of study):
23 and 24 May, 2pm–4pm CET: introductory live sessions
27 May, 2pm–4pm CET: live group discussion

• Self-study phase (approx. 30 hours of study):
30 May - 1 July: self-paced learning
Every Friday 2pm–4pm CET: live group discussions

• Live phase (approx. 30 hours of study):
11 July – 22 July: live sessions
Every day 2pm – 4pm CET: mandatory live sessions
Additional supplementary live sessions are offered at 5pm CET
The course is delivered fully online and in English.

A limited number of scholarships covering the course fees are available on a competitive basis for members of government, civil society, parliaments, and the media from selected resource-rich countries: DRC, Ghana, Mexico, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. A restricted number of exceptions from this list may be made for outstanding applicants from other countries.

This post originally appeared on the ETH NADEL website.

Photo by Joerg Boethling for Alamy