Sustainability Science Program


The Field of Sustainability Science


Harvard’s Sustainability Science Program is led by William Clark, Michael Kremer, and Nancy Dickson, with a wide array of collaborators. Current Initiative leaders are:

William Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at the Kennedy School of Government and co-director of SSP.  He leads SSP’s Initiative on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development. His research focuses on linking science and technology to management and policy action for sustainability.

Nancy Dickson is a Senior Researcher at the Kennedy School of Government and co-director of SSP. She manages the Sustainability Science Fellows Program. Her work focuses on understanding how the choice of institutions and procedures for linking practitioners and experts influences knowledge production and its effects.

Michael Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics and co-director of SSP. He leads SSP’s Clean Water, Human Health, and Sustainable Development Initiative. His research examines health and education in developing countries using randomized evaluation of public policy interventions to rigorously evaluate government and NGO activities and their impact.

Henry Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and the Jassim Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Kennedy School of Government. He leads SSP’s Initiative on Sustainable Development of the Energy Sector in China and Biofuels and Globalization. His work focuses on energy policy, transportation, and public infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Paul Moorcroft is Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. He leads SSP’s Initiative on Sustainable Development of the Amazon and its Surrounding Regions: The Interplay of Changing Climate, Hydrology, and Land Use. His work aims to predict how land-cover along with changes in climate will affect the composition, structure, and functioning of the Amazonian ecosystem over the next century.

Rohini Pande is the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government where she co-directs the Evidence for Policy Design Program. She leads SSP’s Initiative on Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development: Building Public-Private Partnerships in India. Her research examines how the design of democratic institutions and government regulation affects policy outcomes and citizen well-being.