Academic programs

Human capacity (skills, knowledge, and expertise) is fundamental to a sustainable future. EfD supports the strengthening of domestic graduate programs to develop skills and competencies to carry out the necessary analyses on poverty, environmental, resource and climate challenges.

EfD’s high-quality graduate programs in environmental economics, resource management, and climate change facilitate effective policymaking, as well as a larger-scale perspective of global and regional environmental problems. This combination of deeper knowledge and hands-on, evidence-based tools is critical for societies to create pathways toward inclusive sustainable development.

EfD’s academic capacity development aims to build and retain sufficient human capacity in the Global South to teach, conduct high-quality research, give evidence-based advice in national policy processes, and implement practical evidence-based policies and programs for achieving poverty reduction and efficient long-term management of the environment.


Two different types of academic capacity development modalities are supported:

1. EfD supports existing “residential” graduate programs in environmental and natural resource economics at EfD centers. Almost all EfD centers are connected to Masters and PhD programs at their host institutions.

Country  Name of Program/ Courses Contact person
Central America M.Sc. Program on Economics, Development and Climate Change  Roger Madrigal
Chile Master in Agricultural and Environmental Economics (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) Rodrigo Arriagada
Chile Master in Management (Universidad del Bío-Bío) César Salazar
Chile PhD in Business Economics (Universidad del Desarrollo) Felipe Vázquez
Chile PhD in Economcis (Universidad de Talca) Rodrigo Herrera
China Ph.D Economics (field: resource ad environmental economics) Hang Yin
China Bachelor in Economics, theis Hang Yin
Colombia Master Program in Economics  Angela González 
Colombia Master Program in Applied Economics  Angela González 
Colombia PhD Program in Economics Angela González 
India Masters in Quantitative Economics (MSQE) Tridip Ray
India Ph.D program in Quantitative Economics Chetan Ghate
India PhD Program Statistics    
Kenya Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics,  Richard Mulwa
Kenya Dr. Daniel Mwai:
Tanzania Undergraduate Programme  
Tanzania i) Bachelor of Arts Economics (Three years)  
Tanzania ii) Bachelor of Arts Economics and Statistics (Three years)  
Tanzania i) Masters of Arts in Economics (MA) is a full-time programme, 18 months  
Tanzania ii) Masters of Arts in Applied Economics (MAAE) is an evening programme, 24 months  
Tanzania i) Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Economics (Coursework and Dissertation, 4 years)  
Tanzania ii) Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Economics (by thesis, 3 years)  
Vietnam Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Management Pham Khanh Nam



Updated: 2 June 2021