Global inequality and sustainability

Sciences Po Paris - Fall Semester 2019

School of Public Affairs - Master level

Economic inequality and environmental degradation are among the greatest policy challenges of our time. Properly understanding global inequality trends and drivers, as well as their interactions with environmental degradation, is key to transit towards sustainable societies. This course draws mainly from economics and political economy but also touches a wider range of social and environmental sciences. It seeks to equip students with the necessary conceptual, analytical and empirical knowledge to properly understand and act upon these issues. Among other things, the course will show how global inequality can trigger environmental unsustainability and how environmental degradation is ultimately a social and distributional issue.


Reading material

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Lecture 6

Lecture 7

Lecture 8

Lecture 9

Lecture 10

Lecture 11

Lecture 12

List of essay topics

(Lecture slides will be posted every week)