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Programs: Policy

Harvard Kennedy School

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy.

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

Center for Business and Government
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 International Development
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.

Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard
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.

Energy Technology Innovation Policy
The Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group seeks to determine and promote the 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: China, India, and the United States.

Environment and Natural Resources
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.

Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG)
Founded in 1993, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group provides a forum for the analysis and discussion of important policy issues regarding the U.S. electricity industry. Its objectives are to address key problems related to the transition to a more competitive electricity market, to provide a forum for informed and open debate, and to supply a vehicle for contributing to the wider public policy agenda affecting the electric sector.

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP)
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program is leading the way in developing innovative answers to today’s complex environmental issues. HEEP will provide a forum for policymakers, scholars and advocates to grapple with such difficult questions as whether the Environmental Protection Agency should consider costs as well as benefits when determining regulatory targets; or what level of carbon reductions will be necessary to limit global climate change; and whether the United States should open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration as dependence on foreign oil pushes prices higher.

Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements
The Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements is an effort to help identify key design elements of a future international agreement on climate change, drawing upon the ideas of leading thinkers from academia, private industry, government, and advocacy organizations. The project aims to help develop a "scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic" plan to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Works 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. The scope of its work ranges from the local to the global. Drawing on the unparalleled intellectual resources of the Kennedy School and Harvard University, and bringing together thought leaders from both business and government, the Center conducts research, facilitates dialogue, and seeks answers that are at once intellectually rigorous and policy relevant.

Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston
The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston strives to improve the governance of Greater Boston by strengthening connections between the region’s scholars, students, and civic leaders.

The Regulatory Policy Program
The Regulatory Policy Program at the Center for Business and Government develops and tests leading ideas about regulation and regulatory institutions. RPP's research aims to improve society and the economy by understanding the impacts of regulation and creating better ways to design and implement regulatory strategies. RPP’s efforts focus on the role of regulation, markets, and deregulation; on assessing the impact of different types of regulatory instruments; and on studying and improving the management of regulatory institutions and policymaking.

Science, Technology, and Globalization
The aim of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project (STG) is to undertake research, conduct training, provide policy advice, and disseminate information on interactions between technological innovation and globalization, with particular emphasis on implications for developing countries.

Science, Technology, and Public Policy
The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) applies methods drawn from technology assessment, political science, economics, management, and law to study problems where science, technology, and policy intersect. Our goal is to develop and promote policies that expand the contribution of science and technology to human welfare.

Science, Technology, and Society
The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides unique resources for coping with the resulting challenges for scientific and technological innovation, civil liberties, informed citizenship, and democratic government.

Sustainability Science Program
Sustainability science has emerged over the last decade as a diverse set of interdisciplinary research and innovation activities pursued in support of society’s efforts to navigate a transition toward sustainability. Today, it has developed elements of a shared conceptual framework, sketched a core research agenda and set of associated methods, and is producing a steadily growing flow of results.

Taubman Center for State and Local Government
The Taubman Center for State and Local Government and its affiliated institutes and programs are the Kennedy School of Government's focal point for activities that address state and local governance and intergovernmental relations. 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. The Center disseminates this research via publications, instruction in the Kennedy School's graduate and executive education programs, sponsorship of conferences and workshops, and interactions with policymakers, public managers, and other scholars.

Harvard Law School

Environmental Law Policy Clinic
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 Environmental Law Review
The Harvard Environmental Law Review (HELR) has been published semi-annually since 1976.  HELR publishes articles on a broad range of environmental affairs, such as land use; air, water, and noise regulation; toxic substances control; radiation control; energy use; workspace pollution; science and technology control; and resource use and regulation. HELR draws upon environmental experts from government, academia, private practice, industry and public interest groups to cover legal developments at the local, state, federal, foreign, and international levels.

Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI)
The Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) works to make law respond more effectively to environmental challenges, through legal analysis and collaborative problem solving. EPI works in four broad areas: climate change and the Clean Air Act; electricity law and policy; regulation of unconventional oil and gas production; and clean water-climate resilience strategies.

Harvard University

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.

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.

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.