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 conflict 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; 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.
The center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) focuses on how science and technology influence public policy and how policy influences the evolution of science and technology. The program also examines how the outcomes of these interactions affect well-being in the United States and worldwide, and how these processes could be more effective and beneficial. Current research includes the management of nuclear technology and materials; energy technology innovation, especially relating to climate change; information infrastructure policy; technology in environmental sustainability; and social studies of science and technology.
The 2002-03 STPP Fellows
Kelly Sims Gallagher researches the effects of U.S. foreign direct investment in China’s automobile industry on energy and the environment in China.
Debyani Ghosh studies micro- and macroeconomic policy analysis, global and national policies, regional and sectoral policies, technology policies and socioeconomic policy analysis related to energy and environment systems.
Ariane Konig focuses on the science and politics of decision making on health and environmental risks at the national, regional, and international level.
Dimitry Kovchegin pursues research in nuclear nonproliferation issues including security, smuggling, and management and disposition of nuclear materials.
Allison MacFarlane focuses her research on issues surrounding the management and disposal of high-level nuclear waste and fissile materials, and is currently at work on a book on the unresolved technical issues for nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
Emi Mizuno studies the wind energy sector in India, specifically central and state government policies, which promote wind energy generation, technology transfer from European wind turbine manufacturers, and India’s attempt to indigenize the technology.
Frederique Santerre addresses international regulation of genetic resources derived from biodiversity, and focuses on the issues of biological diversity, biotechnology, intellectual property rights, international trade and environmental protection, the precautionary principle, and the genetically modified organisms (GMO) debate.
Sabine Schaffer studies the intersection of public institutions and private industry and the role of trust in the Internet.
Jun Su is interested in science and technology policy in developing countries, technology innovation, and research and development (R&D) globalization. He is currently working on a study of the comparison of technology innovation policies between the United States and China.
Guodong Sun studies the role of government in advancing the development of clean coal technologies in the United States and China.
Bob van der Zwaan studies energy economics, climate change, and technological innovation.
Chad White is examining the changing nature of environmental protection institutions and the development of more distributed systems of environmental governance.
Sara Wilford studies privacy policies, particularly in the area of public policy and governance, and the impact of technological innovation and its effects on the privacy perceptions of individuals.
Chen Zak concentrates on international law and security studies, and recently completed a paper on Iran’s nuclear program.
Hui Zhang researches verification techniques of nuclear arms control, the control of fissile material, nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation, nuclear power, and China’s nuclear policy.
Jimin Zhao studies development and implementation of environmental policies, implementation of international environmental agreements, cleaner technology, energy technology and climate change, and sustainable development in developing countries.
Last week’s issue of the Gazette featured the 2002-03 fellows of BCSIA’s Environmental and Natural Resources Program (ENRP). ENRP brings together a broad community of fellows drawn from the faculty, research staff, and student body, and is governed by an executive committee including BCSIA faculty members Henry Lee (ENRP director), William Clark, John Holdren, and Robert Stavins.