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Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management

Dr. Elizabeth Linos is the Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor for Public Policy and Management, and Faculty Director of The People Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The majority of her research focuses on how to improve government by focusing on its people and the services they deliver. Specifically, she uses insights from behavioral science and evidence from public management to consider how to recruit, retain, and support the government workforce, how to improve resident-state interactions, and how to better integrate evidence-based policymaking into government.

Her research has been published in various academic journals including Nature Human Behaviour, Econometrica, The Journal for Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), Public Administration Review, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Behavioural Public Policy, and others. Her work has also been highlighted in media outlets including The New York Times, The Financial Times, Forbes Magazine, The Huffington Post, NPR, Slate, and the Harvard Business Review. Prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School faculty, Linos has been an assistant professor at UC Berkeley; the VP and Head of Research and Evaluation at the Behavioral Insights Team in North America; and policy advisor to the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, focusing on social innovation and public sector reform. Linos has been named one of the 100 most influential academics in government by Apolitical and was the 2023 recipient of the David N. Kershaw award "established to honor persons who, before the age of 40, have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management."

Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles

Book Chapters

HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series

Research Papers/Reports

Transparent Engagement 

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Outside Professional Activities For Elizabeth Linos

Organization Relationship
Bio Marin Pharmaceuticals Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Google Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Govern for America Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
Partnership for Public Service Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
Plata Advisory Board Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
UK Ombudsman Association Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
California Policy Lab Research or teaching appointment
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Research or teaching appointment
Brookings Institution Research or teaching appointment


Social Policy
Cities & Communities
Democracy & Governance
Gender, Race & Identity
Decision Making & Negotiation
Public Leadership & Management
Poverty, Inequality & Opportunity

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138