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Through research, teaching, and work with governments and practicing professionals, the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) seeks to improve society’s capacity to deal with natural disasters; infrastructure, technology, and systems failures; emergent infectious disease; and terrorism. PCL takes a comprehensive perspective, looking at risk reduction strategies, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster recovery.
Affiliated faculty members teach in Harvard’s degree and executive education programs while, together with program staff and students, they conduct research, develop curriculum materials, and support action research projects in conjunction with federal, state, and local government officials in the United States and other countries.
A program of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Featured Case Studies: Harvard Kennedy School has published The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: The Politics of Crisis Response, a two-part case study profiling how the Obama administration coordinated the massive inter-agency, inter-governmental response to the disaster.