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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Jennifer Spence Named Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Arctic Initiative

| July 01, 2022

Jennifer Spence, Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group, will join Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative as a resident Senior Fellow this coming academic year. Spence will substantially enhance the Initiative's capacity to address the future of Arctic governance—an increasingly critical issue in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Flags of the Arctic states at the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland

Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Arctic Won’t Wait: Novel Structures for Advancing Arctic Goals During Geopolitical Crisis

| June 28, 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has slammed the brakes on the collaborative operations of the Arctic Council. An interim Indigenous Arctic Council could ensure that critical research keeps pace with the rapid rate of climate change in the region, among other benefits, argues Joel Clement.

Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Remarks for the US-UK Scientific Forum on "Bringing Nature into Decision Making"

| June 17, 2022

Professor John P. Holdren made these remarks at the US-UK Scientific Forum on "Bringing Nature into Decision Making," a joint convening organized by the Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences, in London, UK, on June 17, 2022.

Solar field and biogas plant next to highway in Germany

AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file

Journal Article - Research Policy

Beyond Innovation and Deployment: Modeling the Impact of Technology-Push and Demand-Pull Policies in Germany's Solar Policy Mix

| June 16, 2022

A narrow focus on technology innovation and deployment outcomes by academic researchers can lead to recommendations for the design of policy mixes that compromise key dimensions of sociotechnical change, such as job creation, find Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez, Christof Knoeri, Joern Hoppmann, and Volker Hoffmann.

Methane bubbles frozen in lake surface

Miriam Jones/United States Geological Survey

Analysis & Opinions - Physics Today

Permafrost Is an Undefined Variable in the Climate Equation

  • David Kramer
| June 14, 2022

Permafrost Pathways, a newly announced research project led by Woodwell Climate Research Center, Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative, and the Alaska Institute for Justice, aims to pin down estimates of permafrost thaw and its impact on the affected populations. But the war in Ukraine threatens monitoring and data collection in Russia, which is home to most of the world’s permafrost.

Solar panels on the rooftops of German houses

AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Book Chapter - Palgrave Macmillan

Solar Energy Communities in the Urban Environment

| May 28, 2022

This chapter in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures presents a taxonomy of photovoltaic installations based on who owns them and uses their electricity, making it easier to identify solar energy communities in urban environments and map their economic, environmental and social benefits. 

hand pointing at a screen displaying a screenshot from Darkcode

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Paper - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

New Risks in Ransomware: Supply Chain Attacks and Cryptocurrency

| May 16, 2022

This paper provides an overview of the current ransomware landscape, such as the rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) and the increase of supply chain attacks, while also gesturing towards potential emerging solutions, such as software bill of materials (SBOM), vulnerability disclosure databases, and stricter cryptocurrency regulations.

National Science Foundation headquarters

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Analysis & Opinions - Issues in Science and Technology

Fostering Innovation to Strengthen US Competitiveness Through the National Science Foundation

| May 12, 2022

In reshaping the National Science Foundation and other institutions to best support innovation, policymakers should apply evidence-based principles drawn from scholarship and previous experience, write Steven Currall and Venkatesh Narayanamurti.

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Center Experts Honored for Outstanding Accomplishments

Spring 2022

Several members of the Belfer Center community were honored recently with awards for major contributions and appointments to prestigious advisory groups. They include John P. Holdren, Sheila Jasanoff, Laura Diaz-Anadon, Francesca GiovanniniAditi Verma, and Syra Madad.