From the local community to the international stage, concerns about biological threats, climate change, energy, population growth, and technological shifts influence the design of public policies. The dual-use nature of the biotechnology revolution and accelerating pace of innovation in the life sciences presents the world with both new opportunities and new dangers. Schar School faculty seek to develop new and deeper understanding of the processes of scientific discovery and of technological innovation to improve the analysis of governance challenges.
Areas of research include:
Energy-based economic development
Economic analysis of new technologies
The human dimensions of energy use
Global climate governance
Microbiology and biotechnology
Human behavior and resource use
Biological weapons threats
Emerging technologies and WMD terrorism
Critical infrastructure protection
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