Research & Teaching

The undergraduate concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary introduction to current problems of the environment. It is founded on the premise that the ability to form rational judgments concerning many of the complex challenges confronting society today involving the environment requires both an understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and an appreciation for the relevant economic, political, legal, historical and ethical dimensions.

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering was recently launched with the largest single gift in Harvard's history--$125 million--from Hansjörg Wyss. Inspired by the design strategies that living systems use to adapt and compete for survival, its focus is on high-risk research and technology development, with the goal of creating new materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.

The Rowland Institute at Harvard is dedicated to experimental science over a broad range of disciplines. Current research is carried out in physics, chemistry, and biology, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work and the development of new experimental tools. 

Our Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) is a collaboration among Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the Museum of Science (Boston) with participation by Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) the University of Basel (Switzerland), the University of Tokyo (Japan), and the Brookhaven, Oak Ridge, and Sandia National Laboratories.

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is the focus of Harvard's long tradition of interdisciplinary materials research. The Harvard MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation, and identifies new research areas to train and retain students in materials science and engineering.

Our scientific focus is on how nanoscale components can be integrated into large and complex interacting systems. We also investigate how systems emerge, how they can be built, and how they behave. CNS is a member of the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) initiative to create a national network of world-class facilities available to all researchers.

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.

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.

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. 

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

The Office for 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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

The Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) at Harvard is an interdisciplinary science program aimed at a comprehensive understanding of the richest biological reservoir of the planet, the microbial world. Friday chalk-talks and Thursday evening seminars are held regularly throughout the academic year, along with an annual symposium.

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

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 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.

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