The Pardee Center catalyzes and leads interdisciplinary, multipartner research projects conducted by BU faculty and students, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral research associates in five major areas of focus:
Global Environmental Change:
Understanding the risk of global changes in climate and land use, the opportunities for adapting to that risk, and the potential for reducing long-term risk by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and demand for natural resources.
Coupled Human and Natural Systems:
Assessing the dynamic interactions between people and natural systems and highlighting the implications of tradeoffs between natural resource management and economic development.
Institutional and Economic Governance:
Exploring the evolution of the governance and policies of international institutions that finance development and guide nations’ responses to environmental challenges.
Future Energy and Urban Systems:
Understanding the intersecting trends of rapid urbanization and evolving sustainable energy systems.
Public Health in the Developing World:
Analyzing the challenges of delivering health services and combating emerging diseases in developing countries with limited resources.