Need & Opportunity


The Changing Energy Landscape

The 21st Century has brought the greatest upheaval in the energy world in generations, creating turmoil and far-reaching challenges for geopolitics, the global economy and the environment. Science and technology are unlocking new energy sources, from renewable and other clean energy technologies to shale oil and gas resources. The international community has reaffirmed its commitment to address climate change by rapidly curbing carbon emissions, even  as energy use surges in emerging markets and 1.3 billion people still need access to modern energy services. The changing dynamics between energy producers and consumers, including OPEC’s role in oil markets and the transformative role of US unconventional oil and gas production, are creating new trade opportunities and redrawing geopolitical relationships. Energy supplies and trade are central to many of today’s most pressing geopolitical issues, from Russia and Ukraine to  the Eastern Mediterranean to the fight against ISIS and stability in the Middle East. Understanding the complex world of energy requires deep insights into policy, technology and market developments, and how the rapidly changing energy landscape will impact the world. The challenge has never been more difficult, and the stakes—economically, geopolitically and environmentally—have never been higher.


A globally recognized institution like Columbia University has unique qualifications to fill the gap.

The Center on Global Energy Policy, as part of Columbia University and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), is uniquely positioned to address this critical gap in energy policy research and be a trusted, objective source with a global perspective.

  • Unparalleled Global Reputation and Reach: The Center is uniquely positioned to draw upon Columbia University's pre-existing strengths in a wide range of disciplines and across entities such as the Earth Institute, the schools of Business, Law, and Engineering, and others. As a leading institution with a world-class reputation and global ties, Columbia’s highly international and exceptional student body and faculty also give it a unique advantage in analyzing global energy issues.
    • SIPA itself is a community of 1,300 students, 75 full-time faculty, and 200 adjunct practitioner faculty.
      • SIPA boasts one of the largest and strongest energy policy education programs in the United States with five full-time faculty and 16 adjunct practitioner faculty. 
      • Between 70 and 100 masters-level energy concentrators graduate from SIPA every year, each trained to understand the management, financial, regulatory, and geopolitical challenges of the global energy sector.
      • The School awards Master degrees in Public Administration and in International Affairs and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development.
      • In the next few years, SIPA aims to create an innovative new Ph.D. program in Global Public Policy.
    • Columbia is home to nearly 27,000 students and over 3,600 faculty.
      • The University has over 300,000 alumni living around the world, in the United States and nearly 200 foreign countries. 
      • Relating directly to Center's work, the University's mission sets the expectation for "all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world."
  • Premier Access to Energy, Finance, and Media Markets: Based in New York, the global nexus for business and energy finance, the Center is ideally situated to leverage the expertise of leading energy financiers, policymakers, private sector participants, and NGOs. Beyond producing leading academic research, the Center will serve as an honest broker for policy discussions across sectors as well as a trusted voice in the media and among state, federal, and global policymakers.