MIT students who traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27 included (left to right) Anushree Chaudhuri, Evan Gao, Youssef Shaker, and Serena Patel.

A breakthrough on “loss and damage,” but also disappointment, at UN climate conference
MIT News Office | November 30, 2022

Delegates from MIT including IDSS core faculty Jessika Trancik attended COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where international climate negotiations went down to the wire.

clip art of a self-checkout machine

Study: Automation drives income inequality
MIT News Office | November 22, 2022

A newly published study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Daron Acemoglu quantifies the extent to which automation has contributed to income inequality in the U.S.

People in a classroom with laptops watching a presentation

Policy Hackathon produces new solutions for technology policy challenges
TPP | November 10, 2022

The 2022 MIT Policy Hackathon explored policy solutions to sociotechnical challenges focused on post-pandemic efforts to build a better society, with challenges in cybersecurity, environmental justice, and city planning.

a surgery patient being administered anasthesia

Covid patients coming off ventilators can take weeks to regain consciousness
The New York Times | November 9, 2022

A study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Emery Brown examines the effects of a combination of Covid-19 and anesthesia on the human brain, with findings that "might point to new ways to save people from brain damage"

Marchers in Washington, one is holding a sign that says End Systemic Racism

MIT’s Racism Research Fund awards IDSS systemic racism initiative
November 7, 2022

An award of $150,000 from MIT's Racism Research Fund will help the IDSS Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism (ICSR) strengthen cross-disciplinary collaborations.


How to choose carbon offsets that actually cut emissions
MIT Sloan | November 7, 2022

IDSS affiliate John Sterman unpacks the implications of companies’ net zero emissions goals and offers a framework for real impact.

A group of Donald Trump supporters

“Elites are making choices that are not good news”
The New York Times | November 3, 2022

IDSS core faculty Daron Acemoglu and professor David Autor discuss the forces driving working-class voters toward the Republican Party.

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The tenured engineers of 2022
MIT News Office | October 24, 2022

IDSS professor Guy Bresler and IDSS affiliate Stefanie Jegelka are among 14 faculty members granted tenure this year.

air pollution in Anyang city, Henan province

Coordinating climate and air-quality policies to improve public health
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | October 21, 2022

New air-quality tool from study co-authored by TPP director Noelle Selin and William Atkinson (TPP '22) pinpoints policy combinations that maximize health benefits.

A group crossing the street toward the Green Line

Unlocking the power of cellphone-generated mobility data to benefit neighborhoods
News@Northeastern | October 20, 2022

IDSS core faculty Sandy Pentland is part of a collaborative effort with scientists from Northeastern University developing a public mobility data platform to help communities address issues including equity, economic development and climate resilience


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