Environmental Policy Analysis

Our Vision

The challenges of managing natural resources and environmental quality are well-recognized and becoming increasingly important. Issues arise at the site, local, regional, national, and global scales, and decisions often require the balancing of competing interests with different objectives. The methods and applications of environmental policy analysis provide a basis for more informed decision making. The purpose of the Environmental Policy Analysis Specialization is to teach students the skills to apply various methods of policy analysis, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and apply them to better understand the implications of various decision options to manage environmental and natural resource challenges.


Specialization Coordinator

Dan Esty portrait

Dan Esty

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments in the Yale Environment School and the Law School and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He also serves as Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Professor Esty is the author or editor of twelve books (including the prizewinning guide to corporate sustainability, Green to Gold) and dozens of articles on environmental and energy policy—and their connections to regulatory policy, corporate strategy, sustainability performance measurement, competitiveness, trade, and economic success. He edited the recent volume that emerged from the “Yale Environmental Dialogue” launched by Dean Indy Burke: A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future. From 1989-93, Professor Esty served in a number of senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During this time, he led EPA’s regulatory review process and helped to negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. From 2011-14, he returned to government service as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. In this role, he led efforts to draft Connecticut’s first energy strategy, launch a Green Bank to promote clean energy, and restructure the state’s regulatory programs. See full profile →

Teaching Faculty

Faculty who are currently teaching courses within this specialization.

Susan G. Clark

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences

Daniel C. Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, jointly with Yale Law School; Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Eli Fenichel

Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics

Kenneth Gillingham

Professor of Environmental & Energy Economics

Timothy G. Gregoire

J. P. Weyerhaeuser, Jr., Professor of Forest Management

Elena Grewal


Robert Klee


Matthew J. Kotchen

Professor of Economics

Sarah Kruse


Douglas Kysar

Joseph M Field '55 Professor of Law and Forestry & Environmental Studies

Stephen Latham

Senior Lecturer

Sarah McGowan


Robert O. Mendelsohn

Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy; Professor of Economics; and Professor, School of Management

Alessio Miatto

Postdoctoral Associate

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

John P. Wargo

Tweedy-Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Politics Yale University School of the Environment.
Chair, Yale College Environmental Studies Major and Program.
Visiting and Consultin