The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) is the hub of the Kennedy School of Government’s (KSG’s) research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, science and technology policy, and intrastate conflict prevention and resolution studies.
BCSIA provides leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about international security and other critical issues where science, technology, and international affairs intersect. The center pursues its mission in four complementary research programs: International Security; Environmental and Natural Resources Policy; Science, Technology, and Public Policy; and the World Peace Foundation Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution.
The heart of the center is its resident research community of more than 150 scholars, including Harvard faculty, analysts, practitioners, and research fellows.
BCSIA’s Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Program (ENRP) studies the major environmental policy issues facing our world including climate change, sustainable development, ozone depletion, bioregionalism, next-generation energy technologies, market incentives to realize environmental policy goals, and the interplay between science and policy in the design of global environmental solutions.
The 2002-03 ENRP Fellows
Frank Alcock is a doctoral candidate at Duke University whose current research involves the institutional dimensions of science-policy relationship in North Atlantic fisheries.
Jonathan Borck is investigating the ways in which institutions mediate the flow of scientific information in agricultural and climate-forecasting systems throughout the world.
Ian Bowles, a senior adviser and environment program director for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is currently researching U.S. policy on international conservation issues and global climate change.
Jing Cao is currently researching climate change economic and policy issues, market-based systems for achieving environmental goals, and environment versus development in developing countries, and is working on estimating the ancillary benefits of greenhouse gases mitigation options in China.
David Cash, a lecturer in environmental science and public policy in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, studies the institutional dimensions of how scientific knowledge and technology can be harnessed to support human development while maintaining the natural systems upon which human society depends.
Cary Coglianese, associate professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and chair of the Regulatory Policy Program at KSG’s Center for Business and Government, researches issues of regulation and administrative law, with a focus on alternative regulatory strategies and the role of disputation and negotiation in regulatory policy-making.
Robert Corell is researching science and technology for sustainable development, and methods and models for vulnerability studies, particularly associated with Arctic indigenous communities.
Wenhua Di studies the design and implementation of environmental policies in developing countries, especially energy use and the environment in China.
Nancy Dickson studies ways of improving the use of science and technology to advance human development and sustainability.
Kate Emans researches the effects of international trade on the environment, market-based environmental policy instruments, evaluation of environmental costs and benefits, and the links between civic institutions and economic growth in developing countries.
Charles H.W. Foster is an environmental policy specialist in natural resources and academic administrator, and an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government.
J. Michael Hall, director of the Office of Global Programs of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Atmospheric Ocean and Administration, is interested in a broadening and redefining of the research agenda in earth sciences to address societal problems that have both a development mandate and critical environmental imperative.
William Hogan, the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Kennedy School of Government, is research director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, which is exploring issues involved in the transition to a more competitive electricity market.
Darby Jack is studying conservation and forest policy in Latin America, and the relationship between environmental regulation and technological innovation.
Dale Jorgenson, the Frederic Eaton Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University, is the director of the Program on Technology and Economic Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.
Joseph Kalt, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government, studies the economic implications and political origins of government regulation of markets. He also heads the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
Marybeth Long Martello is researching the interactions of environmental science and politics for issues such as desertification, whaling, and climate change; and the vulnerability of Arctic communities to socio-ecological change.
Theodore Panayotou, a lecturer of public policy and economics on leave from the Kennedy School of Government, specializes in natural resource management and environmental economics as they relate to economic development.
Edward A. Parson, associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, studies the scientific and technical assessment in international environmental policy-making, and international cooperation and financing to protect the ozone layer and address global climate change.
Colin Polsky is pursuing research collaborations to promote and develop statistical and visualization techniques for assessing socio-ecological vulnerability to environmental changes.
Philip Sharp is the former director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and an associate of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group.
Elta Smith studies the integration of science and policy to address increasingly complex environmental issues such as genetic engineering.
Lori Snyder researches information-based environmental regulations and their effect on a firm’s environmental and economic performance.
Vanessa Timmer studies the evolving role of transnational civil society actors in the broad societal transition toward sustainability, within the theoretical framework of complex adaptive systems theory.
Alexander Wagner researches the interaction between finance and environmental economics, and the application of financial theory to the valuation and pricing efficiency of tradable permits and their derivatives in markets such as the U.S. sulfur dioxide market.
Rui Wang studies institutional innovation and policy choice for ecological balance in developing countries, including market-based systems for environmental protection, policy integration for sustainable agriculture, and effective governance of ecological projects.
Fei Yu focuses on environmental protection and regional cooperation, and the economics and regulatory approaches to water pollution abatement in China.
Fan Zhang focuses on developing an economic model that links environmental policy changes to the adjustment of different industries and the livelihood of rural communities.