Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Water, Climate, Energy 2021-22

University of Sheffield

Environmental Studies


Prof Jan Selby


Readings from Underrepresented groups


This module explores the place of water, climate and energy in global politics. Human-induced global climate change is one of the central challenges – perhaps the single greatest challenge – of our age. It is a consequence, above all, of our insatiable appetite for fossil fuel energy resources. And many of its most serious consequences are projected to relate to water, from increased floods and droughts to rising seas. Moreover, water, climate and energy issues are deeply political, in both their causes, and their current and anticipated future consequences. Adopting a political ecology approach, this module introduces and investigates this politics.