Labs & Centers
MIT Science Impact Collaborative

Created in 2005 with support from the U.S. Geologic Service (USGS), the Science Impact Collaborative (formally MUSIC) is an extended program of action-research testing the proposition that, anywhere in the world, the right kind of stakeholder engagement in natural resource management 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-construction, urban sustainability, ecosystem services and ecological restoration, infrastructure planning as well as energy efficiency.  The Collaborative endeavors to develop the concepts and practices of:  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

The Director of the Collaborative is Professor Lawrence Susskind.

The Assistant Director of the Collaborative is Todd Schenk.

The Administrator of the Collaborative is Takeo Kuwabara.

At the moment there are two Post-Doctoral Researchers, nine Doctoral Researchers, seven Masters of City Planning Researchers, and six Undergraduate Researchers working on various projects under the auspices of the Science Impact Collaborative.  

Post-Doctoral Researchers: 

Making Markets for Ecosystem Service Preservation and Restoration (Tijs van Maasakkers); Low Carbon Energy Transitions and Innovation in Prime Mover Countries (Kathy Araujo)

Doctoral Researchers: 

Reef and Mangrove Ecosystem Services: Policy and Management in Malaysian and Indonesian communities (Kelly Heber); Municipal Planners' Frame Creation of Climate Change Risk in Infrastructure Planning Decisions (Ella Kim); Using Community Benefits Agreements to Promote New Forms of Negotiated Development (Nicholas Marantz); Building the Capacity of Coastal Communities to Collectively Manage Climate Change Risks Through Use of Role-Play Simulations (Danya Rumore); NECAP Risk Assessment Consultant (Michal Russo); Negotiating a New Arctic Regime (Alexandros Sarris), 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); The Politics of Renewable Energy Deployment in the US and Canada (Leah Stokes); U.S.-Mexico Negotiations Over Transboundary Water and Energy Resources (Bruno Verdini Trejo).

Masters of City Researchers: 

NECAP Graduate Research Assistant (Katie Blizzard); Solarize America: Policymaking Networks and the Spread of a Good Idea (Ryan Cook); NECAP Graduate Research Assistant (Julie Curti); Adaptation Planning and Regulation in Boston (Melissa Deas); Electricity Facility Siting and Transmission in Chile (Daniela Martinez Gutierrez); Hydropower Disputes in Southern Chile (Jenny Hatch); Funding for Climate Change Adaptation: How Policy Agendas Intersect in Indian Cities (Toral Patel); Siting Solar Energy Facilities in New York State: Sources of and Responses to Controversy (Casey Stein); Graduate Research Assistant for NECAP (Lisa Young).

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

NECAP (Elizabeth Berg); NECAP (Paula Gonzalez); NECAP (Anthony McHugh); NECAP (Fiona Paine); NECAP (Rebecca Silverman); NECAP (Emily Thai).


To learn more about student and post-doctoral researchers at the Science Impact Collaborative please visit the SIC site.