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John Holdren

Appointment
Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Belfer Bldg 321
617-495-1498
IGA-507

Science and technology (S&T) affect—and insights rooted in understanding of S&T therefore are germane to formulating policy about—practically every issue on the agenda of governments: the economy, public health, education, environment, defense, diplomacy and more.  Policy makers and those who advise them need to be aware of the aspects of S&T that impinge on their domains of responsibility, including the kinds of questions in those domains that science can help address and the potential and limitations of technological approaches to meeting the challenges there.  This course explores the interactions of S&T with domestic and international policy, drawing on the relevant scholarly literature and on case studies of current issues in economic policy, health policy, environmental policy, and defense policy.