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Autonomous Delivery Vehicles: Why You Should Care & What You Should Do explores the current landscape of Autonomous Delivery Vehicle offerings, their impact on urban mobility, and a path for policymakers to tap the benefits and minimize the risks of this new technology.


Nigel Jacob, co-founder and former co-chair of the City of Boston’s Office of
New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall, has been named a Taubman Center Senior Fellow. 


Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Taubman affiliated faculty member Justin de Benedictis-Kessner hits the road with an inaugural field lab in urban politics.


Whether by working with mayors, training new leaders, or leading cutting-edge research, Harvard Kennedy School is helping cities improve people’s daily lives. Read this article from HKS Magazine's Winter 2022 edition featuring the Taubman Center and its affiliates. 

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The Taubman Center convenes thought leaders and Harvard faculty, staff, and students to drive progress on emerging state and local issues. From urban mobility and economic development to education and government performance, we support and disseminate world-class research and solutions to help state and local policymakers reach better, data-driven decisions.


The Rappaport Institute is analyzing the impact of Chelsea Eats, a guaranteed income pilot program launched by the City of Chelsea in September 2020 to support Chelsea residents during the COVID-19 crisis. 


This publication from Taubman Center Affiliated Faculty Mark Fagan and Stanford's Dr. Lance Eliot is a resource for policymakers as they craft and implement policies in the fast-moving field of autonomous vehicles.


This policy brief from the Government Performance Lab outlines key insights to help communities develop pathways that identify individuals in need of mental or behavioral health support and divert them from jail or emergency rooms to an appropriate healthcare center. 

The Taubman Center generates ideas and solutions to state and local government challenges through a variety of initiatives and programs. Learn more about the Autonomous Vehicles Policy Initiative, the Government Performance Lab, the Program on Crisis Leadership, the Program on Education Policy and Governance, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. 


State and local governments need talented young leaders who are passionate about finding solutions to the policy challenges that cities, counties, and states face. Through experiential learning opportunities, fellowships, and career mentorship, the Taubman Center helps connect students who are dedicated to state and local work with governments that need their support.


Transition Term embeds HKS students in the offices of newly-elected mayors, governors, and county officials during January Term to help these officials accelerate key initiatives as they shift from campaigning to governing.


This monthly non-credit seminar for HKS students convenes leading economic development thinkers and doers from around the country to engage on state, county, and city best practices and shared challenges. 


Student-led, Taubman Center supported treks allow HKS students to meet state and local leaders in cities and towns across the country and explore how these communities approach policymaking. 


The Taubman Center can connect state and local governments seeking policy solutions with students interested in exploring their policy challenges as part of a Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE), the capstone experience for HKS's MPP curriculum.


Graduate students spend 10 weeks in Greater Boston's state and local agencies during a paid summer internship. Fellows help agencies advance high-profile, important policy projects and key priorities. 


The Taubman Center Urban Prize is open to HKS students and recognizes achievement in urban policy. For this award, we seek papers that address U.S. urban issues, with a focus on entries prepared as PAEs.

A unique opportunity puts HKS students front and center in Boston government

Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s team looked to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Taubman Center for State and Local Government to assist with a fast and highly visible transition.


State and local governments need support in order to make progress addressing issues such as homelessness, child poverty, criminal recidivism, and more. At the Taubman Center, we work with state and local leaders to help share best practices, spread ideas, and implement solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

Taubman Center Events

The Taubman Center regularly convenes policymakers, thought leaders, faculty, and students for events on state and local government issues. Click here to learn about upcoming Taubman events. 

GPL's Stimulus Learning Series

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for governments to address the systemic inequities laid bare by the pandemic and reshape the public systems that support vulnerable families. The GPL hosted a series of learning sessions with state and local governments, seeking to better understand how they intend to use ARPA to drive impact in areas such as benefits & economic mobility, workforce, early childhood, and more. Access the learning series here.