MIT Technology and Policy Program

Research to Policy Engagement Initiative

The Research to Policy Engagement Initiative aims to bridge knowledge to action on major societal challenges and connect policymakers, stakeholders, and researchers from diverse disciplines.

The initiative has two complementary goals:

  • to help bring scientific and technical knowledge to bear to inform solutions to complex policy problems, bridging the design and conduct of research at MIT with communities of practice
  • to create an intellectual community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges, across experiences in different research domains

The initiative supports the work of students and postdocs working at the intersection of technology and policy through fellowships and research assistantships. You can support this initiative by giving to TPP.

For more info on the initiative, contact Noelle Selin.

Spring 2021: Structural Racism

IDSS and TPP have been discussing how we can counter systemic and structural racism and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community, locally and nationally. Similar discussions have taken place across MIT and academia more broadly. One theme that emerged from our conversations is that we believe IDSS is well positioned to conduct data and policy-driven research on structural racism and related societal issues, and provide research leadership both at MIT and beyond. We hope to advance research that will help identify and evaluate policies to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To help educate ourselves and our colleagues and build momentum toward demonstrable change, we have decided to dedicate this semester’s Research to Policy seminar series to this effort. We will host four seminars that will examine different facets of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of research and policy. We will focus on how our multidisciplinary research can contribute to these broader conversations and how we can ensure our work meaningfully informs policy.

Initiative Participants


Noelle Selin
Associate Professor, IDSS and EAPS
Director, TPP

Jessika Trancik
Atlantic Richfield CD Assoc Prof of Energy Studies, IDSS

Danielle Wood (TPP ’08)
Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences & AeroAstro

Students and Postdocs

Poushali Maji
Postdoctoral Associate, IDSS

Katlyn Turner
Research Scientist, Media Lab

Micah Ziegler
Postdoctoral Associate, IDSS

Will Atkinson
TPP Student

Jenny Blessing
TPP Student

Becca Browder
TPP Student

Brandon Leshchinskiy
TPP Student

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