Environmental Policy assumes that we can balance questions of social equity, economic health, and environmental sustainability through more informed policy making. By combining core training in ecology with advanced training in the disciplines of Political Science and Economics, students pursuing the Environmental Policy track develop the type of interdisciplinary literacy that they will need to participate in questions of environmental conservation, resource development, and stewardship at the local, state, federal, and international levels.
At New College of Florida, students interested in Environmental Policy have conducted ISPs, group tutorials and theses on a wide range of projects, including coral reef conservation in the Gulf of Mexico, sustainability in Panamanian banana farming, southwestern Florida fisheries management and federal organics legislation.
Students desiring to pursue an Environmental Policy track are encouraged to talk with possible advisors in Political Science or Economics by the end of their second year. Any faculty member in these two disciplines can sponsor students, although students should expect to have worked with one of the instructors below in advance of the second semester of their second year. Faculty will have different expectations and requirements of students with whom they choose to work.
Frank Alcock (Political Science): Dr. Alcock, a specialist in North American oil development and international fisheries management, is currently on leave.
Tarron Khemraj (Economics): Dr. Khemraj specializes in development economics, international economics, and econometrics and is widely interested in the relationship between environmental sustainability and emerging market and developing economies. Students interested in working with Dr. Khemraj are expected to complete the introduction to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics early in their career before taking Development Economics and International Economics. Students are encouraged to take Econometrics once they have completed Statistics and preferably Calculus 1. Dr. Khemraj emphasizes quantitative methods and economic models in his classes. Theory is reality. Reality must be studied with the aid of theories. Theories are updated as reality evolves.