Sustainability Science Program

Kira Matus

Kira Matus

Kira MatusProf. Kira Matus
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 81
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: Non-resident
Group affiliation: Visiting Scholar

Kira Matus is Visiting Scholar with the Sustainability Science Program and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is also a research associate in the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulationand the Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment. Since 2011, Kira has been the co-Project Director and Manufacturing Sector Lead Investigator in the Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development project. Her research concentrates on the intersection of innovation, policy, and sustainable development, with a focus on sustainable production-consumption systems, certification and voluntary regulatory tools, and the interface of science and policy. Kira is also investigating the use of scientific expertise in the policy process. Kira has a longstanding interest in regulation, particularly in the chemical industry. From 2009-2010, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale University. Kira received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she was a recipient the US EPA’s STAR Graduate Fellowship, a Giorgio Ruffalo Doctoral Fellow Sustainability Science, and the Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship.  She has an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT, where she was part of the Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change, and an ScB in Chemistry from Brown University. Her faculty host is William Clark.

Innovation and access to technologies for sustainable development in the manufacturing sector
The goal of this project is to understand the relationships among socio-technical conditions of innovations and interventions by actors who transform manufacturing systems towards sustainability, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

Reaching sustainable development goals will require society to better harness the potential of technological innovation in order to fulfil key needs for people around the world. The Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development project is working across five sectors (agriculture, energy, health, manufacturing and water) in order to develop a conceptual model of the innovation system to develop technologies that support sustainable development. Manufacturing is a key element of innovation that supports sustainable development, as manufacturing activity is both a source of direct and indirect benefit for people’s quality of life, as well as a major source of impacts that impede progress towards sustainable development. This project is applying the conceptual framework of the innovation system developed by the larger group to cases in both specific manufacturing areas (textiles and electronics), as well as innovations with implications across a range of manufacturing activity (industrial symbiosis, certification, bio-economy). We use this conceptual framework to identify the role of different institutions and actors, especially at the transnational level, that are required to strengthen systems of innovation in the manufacturing sector to support sustainable development.

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