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Science and technology (S&T) affect—and insights rooted in understanding of S&T therefore are germane to formulating policy about—practically every issue on the agenda of governments: the economy, public health, education, environment, defense, diplomacy and more.  Policy makers and those...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This course is the first of a two-module sequence in Building Technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture. Objectives: To study selected aspects of the physical environment which directly affect people and their buildings, such as climate, weather, solar...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This course will provide students with an understanding of water that will inform their professional approaches to landscape architecture, architecture, and planning, and contribute to protecting, improving, restoring, and sustaining water resources. Emphasis will be placed on both the science and...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
What is the relationship between the natural environment and the design of successful places? How do we know? And how can we mobilize these ideas as planners and citizens? This class will explore environmental planning as an inescapably political and ideological practice and will give you tools to...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This semester-long course examines how economic theory and rigorous evidence can be harnessed to design development policies that respond to market and political failures in developing economies. The course builds on the analytical framework and evidence base provided in DEV-101 (which is a...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
In January 1st of 2016 the United Nations officially released the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which officially launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which over the next 15 years will drive global activities to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and reduce...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring, Winter
The world desperately needs public leaders who have the vision, courage and tenacity to build a sustainable future – both for human well-being and the health of the natural world.  This course is designed to help students exercise leadership in environmental conflicts whether in government, NGO or...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This advanced research seminar in Miami, Florida (USA) is thematically focused at the intersection of community resilience, public health and housing studies. With a particular geographic focus on Allapattah, Overtown, Little Havana and the Jackson Memorial Hospital Complex, the seminar will seek...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Human Health
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
The Miami hybrid project-based course + studio is part of a series of courses funded through the Knight Foundation that addresses contemporary challenges facing the American city. These range from infrastructure and accessibility to housing and commercial affordability, questions of cultural...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Scientific laboratories have become important cultural sites for making new knowledge about the world, and in doing so, for remaking society, nature, and the relationship between the two. But what are scientific laboratories? How do they produce knowledge? How is the knowledge they produce shaped...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Policy experts – from government officials to civil servants to lobbyists to think tank scholars to NGO leaders and advocates – must be skilled at more than policy development. Effective leaders must be skilled communicators and translators of technical information to non-technical public audiences...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
How we produce and use energy has major implications for the economy, energy security, and climate change. The U.S. “energy revolution” – nonconventional oil and gas production (fracking), increasing use of renewable energy, and reduced demand – has contributed to a sharp decline in U.S. oil...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This course will explore the political problems involved in mitigating and adapting to global climate change.  We will draw on both the empirical and normative political literatures, as well as climate science and economics, to approach key questions about climate politics.  What do we owe to the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
How did people in what is now the United States shape their environment, and how were they shaped by it?  This course examines how humans thought about and used the natural world over the centuries—and the consequences of both use of and thoughts about the nature. Topics include food, climate...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Through the lens of the rapidly changing Arctic region, this course will give students experience in developing policy and social innovations to address complex policy challenges at the intersection of environment and human well-being and to communicate solutions effectively orally and in writing...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
From Episode to Adaptation: Design for a Littoral LandscapeThis studio explores climate change, adaptation, and risk as fundamental to the design of the built environment. Utilizing the Boston Harbor as a case study, the studio will investigate the broad spectrum of possibilities in conceptualizing...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
North Adams is a city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA. Historically, North Adams was a mill town located in a stunning valley, surrounded by 3,000 foot mountains. North Adams is a confluence of beautiful outdoor recreational amenities such as the Mohawk and Appalachian Trails.Due to loss of...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
The region of Al-`Ula, Saudi Arabia —  northwest of Medina, inland from the Red Sea, and along the ancient Mediterranean ‘incense route’ —  has been designated as a site for major tourist growth in coming decades. The regional landscape is characterized by dramatic wind-cut stone formations, summer...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
The region of Al-`Ula, Saudi Arabia —  northwest of Medina, inland from the Red Sea, and along the ancient Mediterranean ‘incense route’ —  has been designated as a site for major tourist growth in coming decades. The regional landscape is characterized by dramatic wind-cut stone formations, summer...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
A new understanding of the relationship between agriculture and ecology will give the students new clues to design in the vernacular landscape of La Camargue in France. Landscape as a product of labor, limiting factors and potential based in regenerative agriculture, will guide the students to...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
The course will provide hands-on skills to use existing high quality health data from Africa and Asia to analyze the impact of climate change on mortality (by cause, age and sex, location and day of death). Participants will learn the basics of the main statistical tool to do this, time series...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
An introduction to the physics that determine our planet’s climate motivated by concerns about human-driven climate change. From highly-simplified models of radiation and convection in a column to state-of-the art models of the general circulation, the course provides a hands-on introduction to...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Empirical data demonstrate that the climate is changing and that these changes could produce increasingly serious consequences over the course of this century. Governments and private actors around the world are strategizing, debating, lobbying, implementing, and defending mechanisms to both...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
The relatively cooler surface temperature that prevailed during the Little Ice Age are important to understand for their historical significance, as a baseline from which to understand modern changes, and as an opportunity to explore how and why the climate varies. There are three not-necessarily...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
From one’s first thought in the morning (“how hot will it be today?”), to a concern over the future of our climate (“how hot will it be in 2100?”), temperature is a ubiquitous topic in our lives. But what exactly does temperature measure? And of all the temperatures that one might define and...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course examines how ecology has been factored in to the understanding of health and disease during the past two hundred years, focusing on epidemics and disease emergence. During the twentieth century, leading figures in infectious diseases research sought to understand diseases ecologically,...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Are we at the end of nature? What would it mean if we were? Advanced hunting technologies enabled our ancestors to hunt so efficiently that the human expansion out of Africa drove a wave of extinctions around the globe. No more mammoths. No more moas. Over the last millennia, technological...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This class challenges students to examine the city around them and connect its social and economic history with its shoreline, glacial hills, city parks, and segregated neighborhoods. Our subject of study will be the city of Boston as well as the inhabitants and builders of the city’s historical...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
We live in a time of unprecedented technological change that affects how we live with each other and with our environment. How, in areas that lack precedents and are fraught with uncertainties, can we strike a balance between technological progress and social welfare? Students are expected to leave...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
The past three decades has seen a dramatic increase in plant physiologists and ecologists amassing and analyzing measurements of plant physiological, biochemical and morphological properties. These studies have identified characteristic axes of co-variation in the leaf, stem and root properties of...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Modernization of the US visual environment as directed by a nobility creating new images and perceptions of such themes as wilderness, flight, privacy, clothing, photography, feminism, status symbolism, and futurist manipulation as illustrated in print-media and other advertising enterprise. Notes...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
The global balance of power is changing dramatically.  This course focuses on the compelling transformation we are witnessing: the rise of China to great power status; the changing nature of European and Russian power; the new roles that India, Brazil, South Africa and others are exercising in...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
This course will examine the interplay of geopolitics and human rights, with a focus on how the changing dynamics of the international system are influencing the strategy and statecraft for confronting issues with major security and human consequences. We will probe how such factors as the rise of...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
‘A Brownfields Site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence, or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant”-From the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act known as the ‘Brownfield...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This course is designed to perpetuate and expedite the growth of corporate sustainability from product innovation and strategic philanthropy to incorporating risk-oriented environmental, social, and governance (ESG) structures. This allows students to re-think corporate sustainability through the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Globally, metropolitan areas have prospered economically while rural areas have been left behind. The course focuses on sustainability opportunities and enterprises in these rural landscapes. Emphasis is on the benefits of small-scale organic farm enterprises, typically with diverse production...
Research Areas: Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring

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