Master of Art Programs in Environmental Studies

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Environmental Studies

An advanced degree in environmental studies leads to a career that can make a difference in the world. Students who pursue this field seek to put into action their interest in ecology and concern for the environment.

 

What is an MA in Environmental Studies? The impact of humans on their physical surroundings creates a need for strategies to lessen negative effects and instigate more sustainable practices. Students explore the interrelationship of science and sociology to better understand the sources of ecological issues. Studies center on climate change reduction and adaptation, pollution remediation, environmental management and creation of sustainable communities. Programs provide concentrations in research, handling of waste, health considerations and mitigation of contamination. Some degree plans emphasize the environmental consequences of business and governmental decisions, and others allow specialization in areas such as coastal and marine management.

 

Benefits of environmental studies are global in scale. Graduates are equipped to address the growing need for a more sustainable approach to energy requirements, waste management and the balance of ecosystems.

 

Programs are available world-wide and cost will vary according to school and location. Students should research their options to determine which course of study best suits their interests and goals.

 

The rewarding career opportunities for graduates encompass many areas of business, science and education. Researchers study the impact of pollution and seek to discover more viable solutions to the demands of society that have given rise to ecological issues. Governments and organizations need experts to evaluate practices and develop strategies to lessen environmental damage. Graduates may lead projects to rehabilitate corrupted ecosystems and restore productivity in degraded soil. Contamination clean-up efforts and management of waste require team members knowledgeable in environmental issues. A master’s in this field opens the door to leadership in solving pollution problems, developing new energy options and securing a more sustainable future.

 

To take the first step in turning your ecological interests into an exciting career, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

 

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Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. [+]

MA Degrees in Environmental Studies. Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Programs The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program is cultivating hope in a time of socio-ecological crisis. We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time. One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight... [-]

MA in Ocean Governance

University of Malta
Campus Full time October 2017 Malta Valletta

This Master’s degree programme on Ocean Governance being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. [+]

Ocean Governance is a topic of increasing significance and concern in the 21st century. The 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention and other International law instruments are useful tools that safeguard the rule of International Maritime law. Notwithstanding their valuable contribution emerging international concerns, essentially based on the escalating crisis of unsustainability, instigate an urgent need to explore new trans-disciplinary approaches on ocean governance,. Evidently, a more comprehensive, legal framework is required to improve the manner in which States and their nationals maintain the rule of law in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction and in regulating anthropogenic activities affecting the ocean and its resources. Emerging issues and threats, such as global maritime security, the sustainable use of the oceans and their resources, as well as linkages between natural sciences, socio-economic requirements and the law, necessitate a multidisciplinary approach for promoting learning and research on ocean governance. This Master’s degree programme on Ocean Governance being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. The Master’s in Ocean Governance serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. In this era of globalization and sectoral integration, capacity building in the regulation of ocean governance plays... [-]

MA in Energy and Environmental Change

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. [+]

MA Degrees in Environmental Studies. The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. The degree equips students with knowledge of key intellectual frameworks and critical issues. The course offers an holistic approach to the dynamics governing energy-transition to a low-carbon economy nexus. Students are required to complete five interconnected core modules and may select one option module. The course combines expertise from: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Westminster Business School Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment The course is delivered in full-time and part-time mode with either September or January intake. Modules The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Core modules Global Politics of Energy and Environmental Change This module aims at evaluating the relevance of contemporary debates in international relations and political economy to the study of energy security, energy markets and climate change. It examines the political history of the modern energy systems and the role played by states and major private and state-owned companies. In addition, it explores the role of global institutions and their impact on the interplay between energy security, energy markets and climate change. It scrutinises issues that underpin key discussions in the energy and climate change area, such as development, limits to growth, transparency, sustainability and the role of civil society. The module... [-]

MA Ecological Design Thinking

Schumacher College
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Totnes

Be active and transformative within organisations, communities, economics and education as we meet the challenge of transitioning to low carbon, high well-being and resilient places and systems. Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to design. - starts September 2017. [+]

Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we. But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we. Then join us in this innovative new postgraduate programme from Schumacher College in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University, the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, the Dartington Hall Trust and surrounding communities. Ecological Design Thinking Never has there been a more important time for a new approach for engaging with the challenging situations we face from the local to the global levels. In a rapidly changing dynamic situation, solutions rarely remain optimal for very long and continuous active participation is a necessary ingredient for success. Growing resilience in individuals and communities is the way to keep going despite the continuous change around us. Our programme in Ecological Design Thinking embraces and explores this complex world of interactions with lively engagement and an optimistic approach. It offers powerful, practical and ecology-centred skills and knowledge to apply to a diverse range of practices from design, education and business to the more specific roles of leadership, management and consultancy. The Ecological Design Thinking programme is trans-disciplinary, insightful and universal in its application; pragmatic and integrative in its operation. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on ecologically inspired design, with methods of design thinking that are... [-]

MA Program in Maritime Civilizations

University of Haifa, International School
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Israel Haifa

The program aims to provide the foundation for students interested in advanced knowledge of the marine environment and in human interactions with the Mediterranean Sea in which theory and hands-on scientific experience meet. [+]

The International MA Program in Maritime Civilizations offered by the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa offers students an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archeology, and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and currently exist. Special emphasis will be placed on harbors, ships and seafaring as part of the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. Moreover, the program sheds light on the ecological and geomorphological dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean and their influence on the interaction between man and the sea in ancient and modern times.

The Academic Program

Taught over three semesters in English, the academic program provides a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary study of coastal and underwater archaeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, maritime geology, and geomorphology. The curriculum offers advanced knowledge and research training to students interested in exploring human interactions with the sea. The studies are carried out in a dynamic learning environment in which theory is combined with hands-on scientific experience in the field and in the laboratory.... [-]


MA in Geography and Environmental Studies

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Part time 3 years September 2017 USA Chicago Grayslake + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33-hour program offered in the evenings and on weekends. The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career that spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography. [+]

The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33-hour program offered in the evenings and on weekends. The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career that spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography. Graduate students develop an area of proficiency within the broad scope of environmental policy, planning, and management or within the geographic realm of spatial analysis. The program is both theoretical and practical; students gain knowledge, conceptual skills, and technical skills..The program provides a solid basis for a career, a career shift, career enhancement, or preparation for post-graduate studies. Students are expected to: acquire knowledge about human-environmental relations in which the environment is considered as both space and milieu; acquire knowledge of rapidly changing landscapes, synthesizing diverse but interrelated information; acquire knowledge related to locational studies concerning geometrics of movement, size, shape, and distance; acquire knowledge related to environmental resources including interpretation, planning, development, use, and conservation; acquire knowledge related to socio-economic development; use computer cartography and geographic information systems to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and project spatial data; refine skills related to map interpretation, composition, types, and preparation, and in interpretation of aerial photographs, field observation, and satellite imagery; refine skills in collection and analysis of statistical data; develop skills related to computerized data processing; refine computational and oral as well as written communication and research skills. Requirements for Admission to the... [-]

MA in Environmental Protection: Sustainability Studies

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Poland Warsaw

The Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which aims at fostering students’ understanding, appreciation, and thoughtful problem solving skills regarding the relationship and interactions between human society and the environment. The studies will provide the interdisciplinary background that is needed to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world, and will equip students with the skills needed to develop solutions to these problems. [+]

MA Degrees in Environmental Studies. About studies Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The field of Sustainability Studies explores and critiques ways to achieve it in the context of maintaining ecological and environmental health while generating economic welfare and ensuring social justice. The Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which aims at fostering students’ understanding, appreciation, and thoughtful problem solving skills regarding the relationship and interactions between human society and the environment. The studies will provide the interdisciplinary background that is needed to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world, and will equip students with the skills needed to develop solutions to these problems. Aim The aim of Sustainability Studies is to ensure that the graduates of the programme know how to deal with the complex issues related to sustainability. During the 4-semester Master studies our students will be taught about sustainability from two complementary perspectives, i.e. scientific and humanistic. The former will help them to understand processes taking place in the natural environment, while the latter will provide them with the tools necessary for a holistic understanding of the natural environment as well for effective problem solving. The curriculum is specially designed so as to enable students to experience interdisciplinary learning, extending over various fields of the humanities and natural sciences. Interdisciplinary learning provides students with an environment to develop their flexible thinking skills as well as the... [-]

Master of Arts in Creative Sustainability

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. [+]

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. Creative Sustainability programme provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, built environment, business, design and real estate for dealing with the significant sustainability challenges, such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty, social and economic inequality, and adaptation to rapid global socio-economic changes. CS programme brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different backgrounds and offers students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines. CS students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts. CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies to the students of Aalto University. Learning outcomes Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability. Systems approach: Students learn to implement systemic thinking into problem solving and design tasks that creates new holistic understanding of complex situations and critical infrastructures in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability. Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem solving methods and tools in facilitating dialogs, defining problems, generating ideas... [-]

MFA/MA in Art & Ecology

Burren College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Ireland Galway

The MFA in Art & Ecology provides an immersive education in the development of a professional practice as an ecologically oriented artist. [+]

MA Degrees in Environmental Studies. The MFA in Art & Ecology provides an immersive education in the development of a professional practice as an ecologically oriented artist. As an MFA graduate you will produce a final exhibition of both personal and collaborative work, which will demonstrate that you have acquired the skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. You will demonstrate capabilities for critical enquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary art and ecological issues. You will also propose and implement an achievable, interdisciplinary collaborative project that engages with ecological / environmental concerns in the Burren or on a global scale. The MA provides you with a master-level education in ecologically oriented art that is appropriate to a diverse range of applications. As an MA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have acquired a masters level in artistic practice. Studio research provides for the development of artistic practice alongside students of the MFA / MA in Studio Art. These modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Studio methodologies are a series of taught studio courses examining the methodology of Art & Ecology with reference to historical examples. Theory and Art & Ecology consists of seminars contextualising the theoretical framework of Art & Ecology. In addition, Environmental Studies draws on... [-]

MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability

Goddard College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Plainfield

he Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability is a 48-credit degree intended for students who seek low-residency, interdisciplinary and self-designed graduate studies, focusing on social innovation and sustainability at the community level, as well as those looking to transform non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations, enterprises, and processes... [+]

MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability The Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability is a 48-credit degree intended for students who seek low-residency, interdisciplinary and self-designed graduate studies, focusing on social innovation and sustainability at the community level, as well as those looking to transform non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations, enterprises, and processes. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability will acquire the practical knowledge needed to advance in their current careers or to start a new vocational path, and will gain the theoretical foundation and skills to generate innovative and sustainable methods of solving vexing social, environmental and economic challenges. The Faculty The faculty in the Goddard Graduate Institute have longstanding presence in the college and bring to their work a host of professional skills and disciplinary areas. Fields of expertise include consciousness studies, expressive arts therapy, ecopsychology, cultural studies, gender studies, poetry, literature, psychology, natural history, organizational and community development, neuroscience, medical anthropology, religious studies, theater, and Ayurvedic medicine, among other areas. Much of the work and interests of the faculty is in keeping with the college’s activist and social justice mission. The Faculty also have a range of international experience both in terms of work and research conducted in other areas of the world and in terms of their own lived experiences. Social Innovation Students may focus on social innovation, acquiring skills and knowledge to engage diverse constituents and stakeholder groups—from marginalized individuals and communities to socially responsible investors—in generating... [-]

Master in Environmental Studies

University of Central Missouri
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Warrensburg

Welcome to the School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences. The school is part of the College of Health, Science and Technology and is home to long-standing, highly rated and sought-after programs. [+]

MA Degrees in Environmental Studies. Welcome to the School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences. The school is part of the College of Health, Science and Technology and is home to long-standing, highly rated and sought-after programs. Biochemistry and Chemistry Programs The Biochemistry and Chemistry programs have a long-standing tradition of educating students in the traditional areas of chemistry and new expanding programs within our disciplines. There are also many exciting pre-professional programs available for our students. The Biochemistry amd Chemistry programs at UCM exist to provide active, modern undergraduate programs in chemistry: To serve the intellectual needs of students seeking a liberal education To serve the technical and general educational needs of students To prepare professional chemists and teacher For students planning careers in health, science, and engineering fields. Chemistry offers one Bachelor of Arts, four Bachelors of Sciences undergraduate degrees and one minor. Earth Science Earth Science is a student-centered program that integrates excellent teaching, research, scholarship and service to prepare for future success. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality courses that we consider to be competitive with any university. Among the faculty there is practical experience in the areas of mining and mineral exploration, petroleum geology, environmental/engineering geology, hydrology, paleontology and science education. Many of these experiences are brought to the classroom. Earth Science offers a B.S. Degree in Eduation leading to certification to teach Earth Sciences in grades 9-12 and an Earth Science minor. Geography Program The Geography program is a "big picture" discipline and serves... [-]

MA in Anthropology and Conservation

University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. [+]

This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. The course is offered in an academic environment that formally embraces both social anthropology and conservation science, the School of Anthropology and Conservation, which is, in its constellation of specialisations, unique in the world. The integration of theoretical perspectives and methodologies from Anthropology and Conservation presents a distinctive set of skills that enable the practice and design of anthropologically informed conservation, the resolution of environmental conflict, and the study and revaluation of indigenous/local environmental knowledge. The course encourages a critical perspective on the practice and epistemology of conservation and anthropology, paving the way for the integration of the two disciplines methodologically and theoretically. It pays particular attention to the interrelationships between local/indigenous populations and environmental groups, policy makers, legislators, and institutions concerned with the protection of the environment (e.g. Natural Protected Areas, green development projects). During the course of studies the students explore themes such as human-animal conflicts, environmental politics, debates over fragile environments, attitudes toward conservation among indigenous groups (and vice versa), and institutional and indigenous environmental knowledge and practices. The MA programme in Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent builds on the unique co-existence of the disciplines of Anthropology and Conservation within the same School. Drawing upon the specialist skills of individual members of staff in the two disciplines,... [-]

Ecopsychology // Master of Arts

Naropa University
Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Boulder

Naropa University’s distance degree in Ecopsychology integrates psychology and ecology in the study of human-nature relationships. At Naropa University, contemplative practice and transpersonal psychology provide a foundation for this integration. [+]

MA Degrees in Environmental Studies. Naropa University’s distance degree in Ecopsychology integrates psychology and ecology in the study of human-nature relationships. At Naropa University, contemplative practice and transpersonal psychology provide a foundation for this integration. The two-year, 38-credit low-residency program begins in the summer semester. Each year, students take two courses on campus in the summer and two courses online in both fall and spring semesters. The first year is devoted to study of ecopsychology, ecology, transpersonal psychology, and contemplative practice. In the second year, students complete both intellectual and service-learning projects, in addition to taking two more courses of their choosing. The program kicks off with a two-week long intensive incorporating two courses, Transpersonal Psychology Intensive and Engaged Contemplative Practices. Students then work online for fall and spring courses, with a three-day residential intensive here in Boulder in January. In the second summer, students again come to Boulder to join their learning community for two courses that run back to back and last approximately two weeks. These courses are Psychology of Wilderness Experience, which involves camping outdoors and a three-day solo, and Ecopsychology Training, which is held back on campus. All of the residential courses contain significant experiential components. Educational foci Provide an overview of the intellectual, philosophical, and practical aspects of transpersonal ecopsychology. Deepen understanding of, and connection with, nature and articulate emerging worldviews about the human-nature relationship. Contribute in some tangible way to the earth and local communities as a result of our insights, actions, and service... [-]

Environmental Leadership // Master of Arts

Naropa University
Campus Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Boulder

Our planet is in environmental crisis. Fossil fuels, fracking, deforestation, climate change, industrialization and environmental justice issues – all of these have created an ecological emergency, which calls for exceptional leadership. Naropa's Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership was conceived to train the leaders we need to re-direct our world towards a sustainable future. [+]

Our planet is in environmental crisis. Fossil fuels, fracking, deforestation, climate change, industrialization and environmental justice issues – all of these have created an ecological emergency, which calls for exceptional leadership. Naropa's Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership was conceived to train the leaders we need to re-direct our world towards a sustainable future. Environmental Leadership students combine a rigorously academic curriculum with contemplative study, including classes in: Leadership Social Entrepreneurship Non-profit organizational methods Living Systems Science and Cosmological Views Environmental Justice and Multicultural Frameworks, and more. These students learn to identify patterns that separate us from our world, systems that lock us in destructive cycles. They unravel habits, and learn to rebuild and retool new, environmentally just patterns. Graduates leave empowered, ready to create and engage a responsible future. Earn the Knowledge to Create the Change We Need Naropa Environmental Studies alumni are now facilitating regional, city and state-level programs, including: Leading innovative green businesses and nonprofit organizations Directing UrbiCulture Community Farms, helping to provide affordable, local, sustainable produce to Denver communities Recycling and Resource Conservation with the Department of Environmental Resources in Illinois. Naropa students walk the walk, studying in one of the few U.S. schools that has divested entirely from fossil fuels. Social entrepreneurs on the Environmental Leadership path also benefit from powerful inner work. Naropa University’s contemplative style develops each student’s mindfulness, unwavering attention, and a powerful, compassionate perspective to effect global transformation. Graduates of the Environmental Leadership Master’s Degree Program: Experience a two-year, 39-credit MA... [-]

MA in Environment, Development, and Peace - Specialization in Sustainable Food Systems

University for Peace
Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems. [+]

MA Degrees in Environmental Studies. Our specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) emerges from the understanding that we must urgently change our relationship to food production and consumption in order to move towards greater sustainability. It emphasizes that food systems comprise many parts and operate in complex social and agro-ecological contexts. Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems. The specialization takes advantage of Costa Rica’s unique location by studying all facets of agriculture and food consumption, from plantation style production of export crops to local, organic and permaculture production systems. The UPEACE garden also serves as a fundamental part of the curriculum; it is integrated into existing courses, and serves as a space for informal learning throughout the school year. This specialization prepares students to work as professionals in emerging food systems-related jobs in civil society organizations, governmental institutions, and international organizations. [-]