clip art of smiley-faced balloon surrounded by barb wire

Balancing Hope and Despair in Turbulent Times
The New York Times | December 6, 2022

An essay co-written by IDSS affliate Esther Duflo considers the opportunities and challenges facing the world in the new year and beyond.

a series of wind turbines

A healthy wind
MIT News Office | December 5, 2022

A new study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Noelle Selin and SES alum Minghao Qiu (PhD ’21) finds that the health benefits of using wind energy could quadruple if the most polluting power plants are selected for dialing down.

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.

Aaron Schwartz

Championing a clean grid
TPP News | November 29, 2022

Aaron Schwartz’s TPP research on energy, economics, and policy helped prepare him for a new role in clean energy advocacy.

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 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.


© MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society | 77 Massachusetts Avenue | Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 | 617-253-1764 |