Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Zhaoqun Zou


Educating the next generation of environmental leaders is one of the many ways Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions helps bridge the gap between science and policy. Institute staff members are aiding in this mission by teaching courses across campus, as well as hosting policy boot camps and webinars, and other supplemental offerings. For more information on these courses, visit

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Summer 2020

Strategies for Energy, Water and Agriculture in Rural Ethiopia (Bass Connections)

The project team will fill critical knowledge gaps on the “productive use” landscape, including developing tools to identify hotspots for investment in technologies such as microgrids and solar-powered groundwater pumps to expand irrigation opportunities, and new business models for enhancing agricultural value chains in the presence of off-grid power sources. The project will support the development of a unified roadmap for integrated energy access with a focus on electrification in rural areas where agricultural production is the dominant source of income.

For complete information see this course on Bass Connections External link

Fall 2020

Duke University

Water Resources Planning and Management
This course is intended to give students a first exposure to ideas of planning and management of organizations related to water resources. The course will develop a basic framework for strategic planning for environmental organizations with specific applications to water resources. It will provide some tools for forecasting future water conditions, as well as emerging tools for forecasting uncertain water conditions. Finally, it will expose students to approaches in water management, particularly adaptive management and scenario forecasting. (ENVIRON 740) 

Instructor: Martin Doyle, professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and director, Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Spring 2021