Sustainability Science Program

Nancy Dickson

Nancy Dickson

Ms. Nancy DicksonMs. Nancy Dickson
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
501 Rubenstein Building
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
USA
Tel: (1) 617-496-9469
Fax: (1) 617-496-8753
Email: nancy_dickson@hks.harvard.edu
Group affiliation: Senior Research Associate, Co-Director

Nancy Dickson is a Senior Researcher at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she co-directs the Sustainability Science Program. Sustainability science is an emerging field that is attempting to address the need for effective research systems that address the duality of poverty alleviation and development while promoting environmental conservation. Our work focuses on regional initiatives in India, China and Brazil. In India our work is looking at how regulatory policies, specifically emissions trading systems for suspended particular matter, can promote sustainable development, with a special focus on how public private partnerships can contribute to solving challenges of inefficiency and non-compliance. In China our work is investigating linkages between water and energy infrastructure and policies for mitigating carbon emissions and improving efficiency. In the Amazon our work explores how changes in forest cover and agriculture are affecting the hydrological cycle and resulting decisions about hydropower development and irrigation for agriculture. Nancy directs the Sustainability Science Fellows Program at Harvard, an interdisciplinary, international group of fellows who to come to Harvard for one year. She serves on various advisory boards, including NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and the Maine Sustainable Solutions Initiative. She has served as a Committee member for the National Academy of Sciences. She is co-author of numerous publications, including Sustainability science (Kates et al., Science, 2001); Sustainability science: The emerging research paradigm, (Clark & Dickson, PNAS, 2003); Global Environmental Assessments: Information and Influence (Mitchell et al, 2006); and Boundary work in research programs for sustainable development (Clark et al, PNAS, 2011). She is a co-recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science award (2012) for the paper Evolution of models to support community and policy action with science (Reid et al, PNAS, 2009). She holds a masters degree in regional planning from Cornell University.