Centre for Sustainability


Faculty and researchers at the Centre for Sustainability offer a broad range of classes, introducing Hertie students to climate, energy, and sustainability topics as well as quantitative and qualitative methods.  

Enabling students’ practice engagement is an important element in our education: 

  • Together with Sciences Po, Columbia SIPA and LKY Singapore, we offer 1st and 2nd year MPP and MIA students the possibility to participate in the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) SDG Certificate Project class. Students apply as teams with an SDG-related project idea to be developed during that class (full integration in curriculum). Learn more about the SDG Certificate
  • We facilitate Professional Years, student jobs, internships and Master Thesis practice partner cooperation by connecting students with the vibrant climate, energy and sustainability community in Berlin and beyond. Potential internship providers and employees include government institutions, think tanks, NGOs, consultancies as well as industry sector. 
  • We convene the annual “Hertie Energy & Climate Networking Event”, inviting Hertie graduates working for leading actors in the climate, energy, and sustainability scene in Germany and Europe to connect with Hertie students and elaborate on possible career paths in the energy and climate field. 

Classes taught at the Centre for Sustainability in the past include: 

1st Year Fall 1st Year Spring 2nd Year Fall 2nd Year Spring
Sustainability Sustainability 101 | Flachsland
Sustainability Sustainability Executive MPA
Climate Policy process: Climate and energy | Flachsland Econ II: Economics of growth & climate change | Hirth Emissions pricing | Hirth and Flachsland Advanced climate policy | Flachsland
Energy Electricity economics | Hirth Electricity economics | Hirth Electricity system modeling | Hirth
Energy Renewable energy policies | Hirth Electricity economics | Hirth




Other sustainability-related courses offered at the Hertie School

How to get there: Developing a government strategy for sustainable mobility (Thurid Hustedt) 

Influencing Brussels: The “European Green Deal” in real time (Christine Reh) 

Problems of European energy: Technology, markets and policy (Thomas W. O'Donnell) 

G20 policy issues and recommendations (Dennis Snower)

Business and sustainable development (Sébastien Mena) 

Staying alive - Sustaining leadership in the face of crisis 

Development economics: Theories, policies, practices 

Enforcing environmental policy: A global comparative perspective (Kai Wegrich) 

Sustainability economics 

Governance of energy resource markets 

Organisational strategies and sustainable development (Christian Seelos) 




Please note this is a sample selection, annual curricula may vary.