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Alliance Summer School 2021

Welcome to the website of the 10th Alliance Summer School in sustainable development

Application and Dates

The 10th Alliance Summer School in sustainable development will take place online on 12-14 May and 19-20 May 2021 between 8am and 2pm ET and will focus on Inequality and the Environment.

Applications are now closed


The Alliance Summer School in sustainable development is a student-led initiative of Columbia University within the Alliance Program, a transatlantic partnership between Columbia University, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Université Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

This year’s 5-day virtual program is geared toward graduate students in economics, environmental science, public policy, and related fields. Each day, the summer school will open with presentations by world-class researchers and policymakers who work on topics related to inequality and the environment; participants will then work in groups to develop a unique research proposal related to the theme. Students will also participate in practical workshops geared toward developing data analysis skills. The goal of the summer school is to bring together a diverse group of researchers for building research skills and developing connections for future research collaboration.

The official flyer of the summer school can be found here.


The summer school will be organized in 3 tracks:

  1. Distributional impacts of mitigation and adaptation policies
  2. Unequal impacts of climate change
  3. Unequal effects of environmental pollution and ecological degradation

All participants will be able to attend lectures, keynotes and workshops from all tracks, but independent work in small groups will be organized according to track interests.

The following presents a tentative schedule of the summer school (all times ET):

Time 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 - 18 May 19 May 20 May
  Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekend, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
08:30 - 09:30 Welcome Lutz Sager Jun Rentschler   Work in track groups Keynote 2: Joseph Stiglitz
09:30 - 10:00            
10:00 - 11:00 Getting to know track groups Work in track groups Ana Varela Varela   Corbett Grainger Discussing Research Projects
11:00 - 12:00            
12:00 - 13:00 Keynote 1 Belinda Archibong Vijay Limaye   Workshop Goodbye

Confirmed Speakers

Belinda Archibong: Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University

Vijay Limaye: Staff Scientist at the Natural Resource Defense Council

Jun Rentschler: Senior Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist for Sustainable Development at the World Bank

Lutz Sager: Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Joseph E. Stiglitz: University Professor at Columbia University

Ana Varela Varela: Economics Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University

Corbett Grainger: Associate Professor in the Ag & Applied Economics Department at University of Wisconsin


For questions and inquiries please contact us at sdev.summerschool[at]