Originally created in 2005 with support from the U.S. Geologic Service (USGS), the Science Impact Collaborative is involved in an extended program of action-research aimed at testing the proposition that the right kind of stakeholder engagement in natural resource management (anywhere in the world) can improve the fairness, efficiency, stability and scientific wisdom of collective decisions made in the public arena. Another way of describing the Collaborative is in terms of the topics we work on: transboundary water management, climate change adaptation, global environmental treaty-making, urban sustainability, ecosystem services and ecological restoration, infrastructure planning and energy efficiency. A third way is by highlighting the concepts and practices we are seeking to develop: mediation of multiparty resource management disputes, collaborative adaptive management, joint fact-finding, and the use of role-play simulations as tool for public education and engagement. For a full list of publications produced by the faculty, students and staff affiliated with the Collaborative see scienceimpact.mit.edu. The Director of the Collaborative is Professor Lawrence Susskind.
At the moment there are 10 PHD students working on or completing dissertations under Professor Susskind's direction: National Decarbonization Strategies in Brazil, France, Iceland and Denmark (Kathy Araujo); Making Markets for Ecosystem Service Preservation and Restoration (Tijs van Maasakkers); Climate Adaptation as Development in Bangladesh and India (Madhu Dutter-Kohler); Using Community Benefits Agreements to Promote New Forms of Negotiated Development (Nicholas Marantz);Using Scenario Planning to Enhance the Capacity of Major Ports to Take Account of Climate Change in Holland, New York and Singapore (Todd Schenk); Stakeholder Engagement and Public Opposition to Nuclear Plant Relicensing in South Korea, Canada and the United States (Nah-yoon Shin); US-Mexico Water Negotiations and Negotiations Over Transboundary Energy Resources (Bruno Verdini Trejo); The Politics of Renewable Energy Deployment in the US and Canada (Leah Stokes); Evaluating the Impact of Massive Role-Play Games on Public Readiness to Confront Collective Management of Climate Change Risk (Danya Rumore); Stakeholder Engagement in Mangrove Forest Management in Malaysia and Indonesia (Kelly Heber).
There are also seven MCP students who recently completed theses under Professor Susskind's direction: Devising Seminars and Other Means of Stakeholder Engagement in Resolving HydroConflicts in Patagonia (Carri Hulet); The Engagement of Private Utility Companies in Climate Adaptation Efforts throughout the United States (Melissa Higbee); Public Engagement in Efforts to Close and Re-use Coal-fired Power Plants in Massachusetts (Adi Nochur); Water Transfers in Northern California (Keith Tanner); An Analysis of New York State's Regulatory System for Controlling Water Extraction from the Hudson River (Casey Stein); Shale Gas (Fracking) Regulation in the United States (Tushar Kansal); and Siting of Off-Shore Wind Energy Facilities Along the Atlantic Coast (Ryan Cook).