Economics and Politics of the Environment (EPE) - Overview

Students pursuing the Economics and Politics of the Environment specialization will primarily find employment with consulting firms and with government entities. Please follow the links below for further information on related career opportunities.


Bren students have been successful in obtaining internships related to EPE specialization at the international, national, and local level. For a list of some of the places that past EPE students have interned at over the years and links to these companies' websites, please visit our web page for EPE Internships and Employment.  Additional resources, including information about professional organizations, journals and publications pertaining to EPE, and Fellowships/Scholarships can be found on our Additional Resources page.


The Economics and Politics of the Environment (EPE) specialization trains students to develop and implement public policies dealing with environmental problems, to manage public environmental resources, and to understand how firms and other organizations respond to these policies and management systems. EPE students acquire knowledge about interactions between the public sector and the private sector and about the impact of political processes on efforts to solve environmental problems. For a more complete description about this specialization, please visit the EPE Description and Course Work web page.

Job Titles

Upon graduation, students specializing in Economics and Politics of the Environment have found themselves placed in exciting career positions. The list below demonstrates just a select few of the many career titles for students specializing in EPE.

  • Policy Analyst
  • Urban Growth Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Risk Analysis Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Environmental Legislation Specialist
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Educator
  • Director of Public Policy
  • Air Quality Policy Manager
  • Energy Policy Manager
  • Government Official
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Water Policy Manager