Science-Intensive Policy Disputes

By — on / MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program

Susskind and Herman Karl, Co-Director of the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative (MUSIC) have finalized a contract with the U.S. Department of the Interior that will support the training of eight MIT graduate students each year for the next three years in collaborative environmental management — particularly adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Building on the many books, articles and reports published by PDP affiliates over the past decade, MUSIC students and faculty will participate in action research projects to test a range of propositions concerning joint fact finding and adaptive environmental management. Susskind, Karl and their associates have produced more than a dozen working papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals that deal with techniques and strategies for resolving science-intensive policy disputes. ( Susskind is now editing a new book series with Springer Publishers that will present work on Sustainable Development and Collaborative Planning.

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