Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Climate Change and Conflict

Princeton University

Political Science


Kristopher W. Ramsay and Ethan Kapstein


Readings from Underrepresented groups,Group projects

Climate Change and Conflict explores how climate change influences cooperation and conflict within nation-states, examining who are the “winners” and who are the “losers.” Using a social scientific approach that emphasizes formal modeling and empirical analysis, students will consider how climate change impacts the availability and cost of a variety of natural resources. The course will begin with an introduction to necessary scientific frameworks and models, including integrated assessment modeling of economics and game-theoretic models of conflict. Such tools will be applied to different aspects of the climate-conflict nexus, and students will explore the range of policy interventions that can either increase cooperation or conflict.