The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) is a research, teaching, and outreach program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The program is devoted to the intellectual exploration of the essential and critical role that science and technology play in everyday life. The enterprise of science and technology affects virtually all areas of human life and existence and has outsize potential to improve the human condition, support global economic and social development, and promote international relations.
Public policy is an important tool in mediating the interface between science, technology, and society and deployed appropriately can work to enhance its positive contributions while mitigating adverse and unintended consequences.
Accordingly, STPP's research, teaching, and outreach efforts are concentrated in the following primary domains:
- Energy & the Environment
- Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) — joint with the Environment & Natural Resources Program
- Water-Energy Nexus (WEN) Project
- International Security
- Managing the Atom (MTA) — joint with the International Security Program and the Environment and Natural Resources Program
- Information and Communications Technology & Innovation
- Globalization, Development, & Innovation
- Science, Technology, & Globalization (STG)