Economic Development and Public Policy-Related Programs at Harvard

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Biofuels and Globalization Project (HKS)

This project examines the trade, economic development and environmental policy dimensions of a global biofuel industry. 

Center for Business and Government (HKS)

The mission of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government is to advance the state of knowledge and policy analysis concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of the public and private sectors.

Center for Geographic Analysis

The Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University was founded in 2006 as a university-wide technology platform in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, building on the foundation already created by the Harvard Geospatial Library and the Harvard Map Collection. The Center supports research projects and courses needing spatial analysis.

Center for History and Economics (FAS)

The objective of the Center is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance. In conjunction with its counterpart Centre at King's College, Cambridge, the Harvard Center undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars, and exchanges of faculty and graduate students.

Center for International Development (HKS)

The Center for International Development (CID) works to generate shared and sustainable prosperity in developing economies. The CID actively creates, applies and integrates knowledge from across Harvard University to advance understanding of development challenges and solutions.

Center for Technology and Environment (GSD)

The mission of the Center for Technology and Environment (CTE) is to improve and add value to post-industrial environments through innovative and progressive land use planning and design and the application of advanced site technologies and tools. The Center supports the Harvard Design School's overall mission of excellence in the built environment.

China Project

The China Project is a research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, collaborating across the schools of Harvard University and with Chinese universities. It conducts interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed studies on air pollution and greenhouse gases in China, from the root causes in the demand for and supply of energy powering its economy, to the chemistry and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, to their impacts on human health and the economy.

Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard (HKS)

The Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard is dedicated to advancing Harvard’s energy policy research and fostering collaboration across the University in cooperation with Harvard’s Future of Energy initiative. Additionally, its website is a resource for locating Harvard faculty, fellows, programs, events, and publications related to energy policy.

Energy Technology Innovation Policy (HKS) 

The overarching objective of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group is to determine and then seek to promote adoption of effective strategies for developing and deploying cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, primarily in three of the biggest energy-consuming nations in the world: the United States, China, and India. 

Environment and Natural Resources Program (HKS)

The Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) is the center of the Harvard Kennedy School's research and outreach on public policy that affects global environmental quality and natural resource management. 

Environmental Law Policy Clinic (HLS)

The Environmental Law and Policy Clinic is offering students even more opportunities to do a wide variety of hands-on, environmental legal and policy work. Under the leadership of Director and Clinical Professor Wendy Jacobs, the Clinic has expanded to offer local, national and international projects covering a broad range of environmental issues.

Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HKS)

Based at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) provides a forum for the analysis and discussion of important policy issues facing the electricity industry. 

Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HKS) 

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program develops innovative answers to today's complex environmental issues, by providing a venue to bring together faculty and graduate students from across the University engaged in research, teaching, and outreach in environmental and natural resource economics and related public policy.

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education (GSD)

In the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education program, industry and academia’s foremost leaders join with accomplished design and real estate professionals from around the world. In this setting, complex challenges are addressed and innovative solutions are created. In our dynamic learning environment, participants emerge with practical insights and valuable lessons that can be put into action, right away.

The GSD offers a number of environmentally-related Summer Programs. Developed and led by a teaching team of distinguished Harvard faculty, recognized industry experts, and award-winning designers, the Summer Programs explore industry’s most pressing issues and provide groundbreaking insights into key trends shaping the future of the design and real estate fields. The three relevant programs include: Master Planning: Moving Toward a Sustainable City, Urban Agriculture, and Climate Adapted Design.

Harvard Office for Sustainability

Sustainability at Harvard connects people across the University with information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term.

Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements (HKS)

The goal of the project is to help identify key design elements of a scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic post-2012 international policy architecture for global climate change. We will draw upon leading thinkers from academia, private industry, government, and non-governmental organizations to construct a small set of promising policy frameworks, and then disseminate and discuss the design elements and frameworks with decision makers in the United States, Europe, and around the world. 

Managing the Atom (HKS)

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) conducts and disseminates policy-relevant research on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Program on Science, Technology, and Society (HKS) 

Through integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives in research, teaching, training, and public outreach the Program seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. 

Program on Technology and Economic Policy (HKS)

Our work include productivity measurements; the role of human and physical capital in U.S. economic growth; the effects of tax and environmental policies on welfare; and economic relations between the U.S. and Japan.

Regulatory Policy Program (HKS)

The Regulatory Policy Program serves as a clearinghouse for the Kennedy School faculty’s groundbreaking work on regulation.RPP's research aims to improve global society and the economy by understanding the impacts of regulation and improving the design and implementation of regulatory strategies.

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (HKS)

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) engages in research, teaching, and outreach on how

  • science and technology influence public policy;
  • public policy influences the evolution of science and technology;
  • the outcomes of these interactions affect well-being in the United States and worldwide; and
  • the processes involved can be made more effective and their outcomes more beneficial (at present and in the future).

Sustainability Science Program (HKS)

Harvard's Sustainability Science Program harnesses the University's strengths to promote the design of institutions, policies, and practices that support sustainable development. The Program addresses the challenge of sustainable development by:

  • advancing scientific understanding of human-environment systems;
  • improving linkages between research and policy communities; and
  • building capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability.

Taubman Center for State and Local Government (HKS) 

The Center focuses on several broad policy areas, most notably: public management, innovation, finance, and labor-management relations; urban development, transportation, land use, and environmental protection; education; civic engagement and social capital; and the impacts of information technologies on both government and governance.

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

The research activities sponsored by the Weatherhead Center range from individual projects and small working groups to major international conferences. They address international affairs in the broadest sense, including international economics, international relations, international security, comparative politics, political economy, and global studies. 

Working Group for Sustainable Cities at Harvard University

The Working Group for Sustainable Cities at Harvard University is a cross-disciplinary offering that brings together the faculties of Harvard (professors and students) and industry leaders. The group will develop new ways of understanding and approaching economic, social, and environmental sustainability as it relates to urban regeneration.

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Email: huce@environment.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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