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Teaching Modules and Professional Skills

Five fundamental modules form the framework of teaching and research at CIFE. Generally, the courses take place every week. Each module is directed by a permanent faculty member. Additionally, guest lecturers from other countries, experts from various European and international organisations, as well as researchers from partner institutions contribute to these modules.

1. International Energy Governance and Conflicts

This module delivers the theoretical knowledge on the main international energy-related issues and conflicts (resource curse, neo-institutionalism, developmentalism, weak/ strong States etc.). It also provides the participants with concrete examples of the emergence and regulation of energy conflicts worldwide in order to analyse better how they exert pressure on the security and diversification of the energy supply.

2. Economic Energy Governance and Markets

Economic and market fundamentals are applied to the energy sector in order to understand the current multiple national, regional, and local low carbon energy pathways in the world. The module examines how the different markets are regulated and how they influence the transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energies. The economic perspective will highlight the role of liberalisation, privatisation and regulation of the sector.

3. Clean Energy Transitions in the European Union 

The aim of this module is to highlight the EU priorities and its decision-making process regarding clean energy transition in Europe, thus helping to understand political economy factors that both inhibit and accelerate it. While focusing on how the different EU policies challenge institutional architectures and multi-level governance schemes, the module provides an insight into issues currently facing European policy makers such as social acceptance, sustainability of renewable energies as well as rapid advancement in clean energy technologies.

4. Cities and Citizens in the Energy Transition Processes

Participants will understand how EU regions and cities and more generally territories develop their own low carbon strategy at the crossroads of many policies (housing, waste management, transport, fuel poverty, environment and energy) and in the framework of a multilevel governance system. Concrete examples of local and regional strategies will be delivered in order to analyse the levers and obstacles for more decentralisation.


5. Professional Skills and Methodology

This module aims to deliver professional and soft skills to equip future professionals of the energy policy at the different levels of governance.

Professional skills

  Drafting policy and strategy papers
  Research methodology
  Elaborating energy strategies
  Evaluating risks and opportunities of energy projects in different contexts
  Working on gepolitical, economic, social, political innovations in the energy sector governance
  Energy Project cycle management

Soft skills

  Negotiation techniques and simulation
  Smart decision
  Oral communication and public speaking
  Research, analytical and critical skills
  Debating skills
  Team working in a multicultural environment

Job support service

  Skills exchange workshop
  Individual professional coaching
  Regular update of job offers

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