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About the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
Established in 1980 at the University of Delaware, the Center is a leading institution for interdisciplinary education, research, and advocacy in energy and environmental policy.

In 1993, CEEP was asked to develop a University-wide program for graduate study and research in energy and environmental policy and to expand its mission to formally include the topics of environmental justice and sustainable development. In 1997, CEEP created the first graduate Energy and Environmental Policy (ENEP) degrees in the U.S. The University of Delaware granted permanent status to the ENEP degrees in 2003.

From its inception, CEEP has operated a research and advocacy program that is undertaken at international, regional, national, state, and local scales. Typically, CEEP faculty and graduate students accept 15-20 projects each year. Often conducted with partners, the yearly program varies by topic (ranging from climate change to urban environmental justice to water equity and sustainable energy development) and includes several sponsors (e.g., foundations, governments and UN organizations). In certain cases, CEEP chooses to internally support projects of interest to its members.

Today, graduate education is offered by the Center in doctoral (PhD-ENEP) and master (MEEP) programs. CEEP is the principal academic and research unit for graduate study in the areas of energy and environmental policy, environmental justice and sustainable development at the University of Delaware. Annually, over 75 students from more than 20 countries study and pursue research at the Center, together with its eight core faculty, seven adjunct faculty and visiting researchers, faculty and activists from around the world.


CEEP administers both ENEP degrees.

CEEP research has been supported by dedicated grants, competitive contracts, internal funds and other sources. Provided by foundations and charitable institutions, U.S. state and federal government agencies, international agencies, NGOs, and in partnership arrangements with other institutions, research support is employed to address both theoretical and policy-relevant issues in order to widen public discourse and action on the key interrelated energy, environmental and social issues of our time. Our research activities often take advantage of collaborative research, study and exchange agreements that have been established with more than 50 partner institutions around the world. (Partners | Sponsors)

The Center is composed of an internationally diverse faculty and research staff with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines including economics, sociology, geography, political science, philosophy, engineering, urban planning and environmental studies. Currently, it has eight core faculty and research staff and seven adjunct faculty. Typically, there are 3-6 visiting scholars in residence at CEEP, drawn from universities, research institutes, and NGOs.


CEEP’s student body is likewise a diverse cultural and intellectual community. Placing a premium on critical thinking and analysis, students at CEEP are addressing a wide spectrum of issues from climate change to energy transformation, environmental justice, indigenous rights, sustainable development and water equity. CEEP provides students with a range of opportunities to follow their own research interests within four degree programs. CEEP graduates work in research centers, government agencies and institutions, NGOs, consultancies, and universities and centers of learning around the world, undertaking leadership roles, policy formulation, research and analysis, project management, advising, teaching, and a range of other activities.

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Center for Energy Environmental Policy
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