Research

Faculty and students affiliated with CSTP carry out rigorous, policy-oriented, social science research on a wide range of subjects. Our projects have received support from U.S. government agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the Small Business Administration, and charitable foundations, such as the Kauffman and Smith-Richardson Foundations. We also carry out projects because they are interesting and important, even if there is no sponsor. Doctoral students in the Schar School affiliated with CSTP are typically carrying out dissertation research, and many also work with faculty on research projects. Current areas of interest include clean energy innovation, advanced manufacturing, and regional innovation systems.

Clean Energy Innovation

CSTP Director David Hart prepared studies of diffusion of grid-scale batteries and solar photovoltaics for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Strategic Analysis in the spring of 2016.  This work built on the book Unlocking Energy Innovation:  How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System  (MIT Press, co-authored by Richard K. Lester of the MIT Industrial Performance Center), which appeared in 2012.  In the 2016-2017, he will be a senior fellow with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, organizing events and publishing on clean energy innovation.

Advanced Manufacturing

CSTP director David Hart with colleagues at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released “Why American Needs a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.”  This work builds on Prof. Hart’s 2011-2012 service as assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Regional Economic Development

As a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, CSTP director David Hart is working on the advanced industries project.  A trends update will be published in August 2016, to be followed by a set of policy recommendations for Federal and regional policy makers in the fall of 2016