New, creative research on urgent public policy problems happens here at Harvard Kennedy School.

Faculty members who are leaders in their scholarship fields advise our PPOL students on a range of research interests, including but not limited to: environmental and natural resource issues; international development; judgment and decision making; science and technology policy; health policy; and education policy.

Learn more about the interests and experiences of some of our core PhD faculty members.

PPOL Faculty Chair

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Robert Stavins

A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development

John Holdren, national science advisor to President Barack Obama, rejoined the Harvard Kennedy School faculty in February 2017 as the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy. He served as assistant to the president for science and technology, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Overcome Implicit Bias by Changing Your Environment

Listen to Professor Iris Bohnet discuss some of the lessons in her new book, “What Works: Gender Equality By Design.” Through both academic studies and anecdotes, she explains how gender equality is often prevented by unconscious biases that can’t be unlearned, but that can be diminished significantly by even small changes in the way we do things. She also details the business case for gender equality, which isn’t as straightforward as you might think.