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. Her research focuses on understanding how the choice of institutions and procedures for linking practitioners and experts influences knowledge production and its application in support of sustainable development. Her work has examined efforts to link knowledge with action in multiple contexts: global environmental risks; environmental assessment; natural resources; and sustainability science – a field that addresses the need for effective research systems that address the duality of poverty alleviation and development while promoting environmental conservation. The Sustainability Science Program’s current research focuses on regional initiatives in India, China, and Brazil and a cross-cutting initiative on innovation and access to public goods. Nancy runs the Fellows component of the Program, with responsibility for recruiting, guiding and linking with faculty mentors an interdisciplinary, international group of ~20 fellows who to come to Harvard for one year. She serves on NASA’s Applied Sciences Program Advisory Committee. 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 BA in Government and a Masters in Regional Planning, both from Cornell University (1982, 1986).