Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Professor Layzer investigates the role of ideas—including scientific, economic, and political ideas—in environmental policymaking. She also analyzes the efficacy of local and regional environmental policies and policymaking processes. Currently, in collaboration with the Urban Sustainability Directors' Network, she directs the Urban Sustainability Assessment (USA) Project, an effort to determine what kinds of urban sustainability programs yield genuine environmental benefits. In addition, Layzer is the author of The Environmental Case: Translating Values Into Policy (CQ Press), now in its third edition; Natural Experiments: Ecosystem-Based Management and the Environment (MIT Press); and Open for Business: Conservatives’ Opposition to Environmental Regulation (MIT Press).