MDAE Presents Certificate Program on

Sustainability and Public Policy

60 Hours | Live Interactive | Starts 14th May 2022 | 

Saturday & Sunday | Time 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm |

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Learn tools & insights from the renowned environment, public policy experts

1. Anirudh Tagat: Research Author, Dept. of Economics, Monk® Prayogshala, PhD Economics from IIT Bombay and Monash University, MSc Economics, University of Warwick, UK

2. Labanya Prakash Jena: Regional Climate Finance Adviser - Indo-Pacific region, CFA &  8+ years of work experience in sustainable finance with top global firms

3. Sandhya Krishnan, Assistant Professor, MDAE & Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in Economics from the University of Mumbai 

Course Overview:


Climate change remains one of the major challenges faced by societies today, and are the target of public policies from governments around the world. Pressing issues related to sustainability and climate change often demand a close and rigorous examination of the context within which they arise. Given the wide-ranging impacts of climate change, climate policy no longer remains the sole domain of governments. Civil society organizations, non-profits, social impact enterprises, development funding bodies, and academic institutions are all key stakeholders to help mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Thus, there is a need to provide practical, targeted, and rigorous training to those who will eventually find themselves on either receiving or delivering such policies.


Course Overview

This course will build foundations in understanding climate change and sustainability through the lens of public policy. The course covers environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) topics such as climate finance, renewable energy, and other carbon mitigation strategies in depth. In addition to building knowledge of sustainability and climate change in policy, the course will also develop core skills in impact evaluation, data science, behavioural science, and experimental methods. These will be taught in the context of resolving contemporary problems in sustainability and climate studies.

Successful students at the end of the course will be able to:

·       Build and develop knowledge of ESG and climate change and its importance in the context of policy, business, and the economy at large

·       Enhance the application of tools such as econometric methods, data science, behavioural science, and law to the domain of sustainability and climate change

·       Provide contemporary perspectives on public policy and sustainable behaviour, climate finance, and renewable energy use

·       Engage critically with legal, behavioural, and economic aspects of climate change and sustainability from the lens of public policy

Undergraduate, postgraduate, and early-career researchers (including doctoral students), working professionals in the social impact, non-profit, civil society or development consulting sector are all eligible to participate. The course assumes little prior knowledge of sustainability or public policy, and is meant to introduce participants to climate studies and policy regardless of background or prior training, and will build on this introduction to cover some advanced areas of inquiry.

  • The course is open to all who are curious to learn about public policy.
  • Participants will need to have access to a laptop/PC.

                                      Key Features

Live Coaching

60 hours instructor-led live training. 

Continuous Assessment

Pre-course and post-course evaluation assignment

Case Studies

  1 case study per module 

Constant Learner Support

Llifetime recording access on LMS.

Alumni Status

Industry event invitations + student network access

Career Enhancement

1 session for resume building & interview tips.

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Meet Your Course Faculty

Anirudh Tagat

Research Author, Dept. of Economics, Monk® Prayogshala®

Anirudh Tagat holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK and pursued his doctoral research at the IIT Bombay and Monash University Research Academy (Mumbai/Melbourne). Anirudh has previously been awarded grant funding from the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), and The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). He is currently Deputy Editor at South Asia Research. His research interests include cross-cultural differences in decision-making, intra-household bargaining, and experimental economics.

Dr. Sandhya Krishnan  

Assistant Professor, MDAE

Dr. Sandhya Krishnan has taught data analytics and R programming at various places across India, and to a wide range of audiences including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and other professionals. She believes that interesting stories are hidden behind numbers and anyone with a flair for numbers and the right training in data analytics can unravel these stories and present them to the world.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in Economics from the University of Mumbai.

Labanya Prakash Jena  

Visiting Faculty, MDAE

Regional Climate Finance Adviser - Indo-Pacific region, CFA with 8+ years of work experience in sustainable finance with top global firms

Session-Wise Course Curriculum 

Sustainability and Public Policy

This unit will introduce public policy from the lens of microeconomics. It will situate social and public policy within a broader institutional framework, arguing for why policy comes into play when dealing with issues such as externalities and market failure. Participants will also be introduced to studying strategic interactions via game theory. It will also highlight how individuals interact with policies in the form of principal-agent problems, highlighting moral hazard and adverse selection. In the second part, students will be exposed to legal theories and applications of theories of fairness and justice to public policy. These will be illustrated with real world illustrations to aid understanding and provide an applied perspective (e.g., ideas of distributive justice in taxation or public goods). The unit will also cover extensively issues related to ethics when it comes to public policy: these relate to broadly to human rights and paternalism in public policy


  • Microeconomics and game theory: Social interactions and economic outcomes
  • Public policy for fairness and efficiency
  • Institutions, power, and inequality
  • Market successes and failures
  • Understanding justice and the role of law in public policy
  • Distributive justice and its applications
  • Ethics in public policy

This unit will introduce the fundamentals of sustainability and climate science, providing context for the global problem of climate change. Applications of public policy to climate change will be discussed briefly. Following this, it will deep dive into current policies in India and elsewhere, focusing on renewable energy, climate finance, and carbon-mitigating strategies. The final part of this unit will discuss in detail developing climate finance solutions as well as understanding the regulatory framework for sustainability policies.


  • Context and Background on Climate Change
  • Public policy in sustainability and climate change
  • Current policies in India and globally on renewable energy and carbon-mitigating strategies
  • Role of climate finance
  • Regulatory framework for sustainability and public policy

Sound public policy is based on evidence, and this unit will examine how to provide an empirical basis for policy decision-making. It will draw off contemporary research and practice in impact evaluation techniques, introducing fundamental econometric concepts as well. Additionally, it will cover the basics of randomization in policy, which has recently gained traction. The unit will close out with illustrations of various evaluation designs in sustainability as well as a big data approach to public policy.


  • Fundamentals of econometrics and statistics
  • Introduction to impact evaluation
  • Randomization and randomized control trials (RCTs) in development policy
  • Role of big data in public policy and evaluation

Increasingly, policymakers around the world are attuned to the idea that incentives alone may not serve the larger goals of policy, especially in sustainability context. Extant evidence and insights from the fields of behavioural science, psychology, and behavioural economics now provide a basis for incorporating these ideas into mainstream public policy dealing with individual behaviour and sustainability. This unit will cover in detail the case for behavioural insights in public policy, and provide illustrations of various behavioural science applications in areas of gender, education, health, financial inclusion, among others.


  • Introduction to behavioural science
  • Fundamentals of behavioural economics, with applications to public policy
  • Experimental economics and design of policy experiments
  • Illustrations in behaviour change and sustainable behaviours
  • Critique of behavioural public policy

MDAE Alumni               Track Record

MDAE alumni working in diverse roles across leading companies.

Arushi Mishra 

Data Consultant

Vallari Naik

 Trainee Decision Scientist

Pooja Joshi

  Senior Research Analyst

Nishitha Mehta

Risk Analyst

Swati Shrimali

 Business Analyst

Ujas Shah

  Research Analyst

Krina Shah

  Data Scientist

Arya Shah

  Data Scientist

Nirakar Padhy

  Data Scientist

Testimonials from Corporates

Santanu Sengupta

Head – Treasury Economics and Strategy, RIL

We have had a very good experience with a student from MDAE who has been working with us over the past three years. Practical exposure is what differentiates MDAE students, and we observed that she was able to close the gap between academia, and real-life faster than fresh graduates from other renowned institutes. MDAE is doing a stellar job in preparing candidates for the job market.

Mr DK Joshi

Chief Economist Crisil Ltd

With sound training in economic concepts, practical experience and exposure to real-world issues. MDAE students appeared well prepared for the job market.

Dr. Reuben Abraham

CEO & Senior fellow at IDFC Institute

We had an excellent experience working with a student from the MDAE. Unlike most, he had an extraordinary curiosity and a willingness to learn and place textbook economics in their historical and political context, which itself involved digging into 500 years of political history. Based on this experience of working with him, we have made him an offer to join us full-time once he graduates from MDAE

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