Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

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The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School focuses on public issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment, and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health, and well-being. By integrating science with public policy, community action, and multi-sector governance, the center advances the common good in a complex and diverse world.

Our STEP faculty lead several NSF, EPA, and community-sponsored research initiatives pertaining to sustainable infrastructure and cities, renewable energy transitions, climate policy, integrated water policy, governance of emerging technologies, and natural resource conservation. Our faculty are widely recognized as leaders in the field and serve on scientific committees that shape environment/sustainability policies locally and globally.

Research in the STEP area connects naturally with other areas at the Humphrey School including urban and regional planning, global policy, social policy and public and nonprofit leadership, as well as with other units across the University of Minnesota campus such as the Institute on the Environment, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Public Health, the Law School and others.

Our Work

  • Conduct transformative research that helps solve the most pressing challenges at the intersection of science, technology, environment, and society.
  • Explore best practices for translating science to action to inform policy problems around environment, sustainability, health, and well-being through multi-stakeholder engagement. 
  • Create a network of faculty, students, alumni, and partners that grounds the program in the real world, enabling high-impact action.
  • Engage in knowledge co-production with diverse stakeholders to improve public understanding of science and the public's ability to make decisions on issues that involve science and technology.
  • Create active learning environments with students, faculty, and professionals to translate science and technology into action. 

Research Areas

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