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The Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Development, and Sustainability (GEDS)

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In many oil-producing developing nations the advent of oil or natural gas production has not brought positive benefits to the society at large. Despite large amounts of foreign investment and a massive influx of oil revenues, economies tend to fluctuate and stagnate, governments may fail, corruption often increases, standards of living do not increase for the majority of the population, and violence often erupts. The world class technical expertise of companies and governments is focused on safe and efficient development and extraction of the resource; but turning energy projects into sustainable development for the host country and community requires individuals and organizations with different skills – an understanding of history and the tools and practices that help mitigate the “resource curse”.

The University of Houston’s extensive energy expertise is derived from a unique combination of diverse academic rigor combined with real life industry experience.

What is the GEDS Certificate?

A multidisciplinary certification program that will:

  • Help students in understanding the origins of “The Natural Resource Curse.”
  • Provide the analytical tools and frameworks necessary for assessing and addressing the long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of energy projects.
  • Introduce “best-practices” for creating energy projects that benefit all stakeholders (communities, companies, governments) in developing nations.