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Dr Kira Matus


Kira is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Department of Government.  She has been working on issues of sustainable science for over a decade, with a focus on the innovation policy and green technologies.  She is also an associate with the Centre of the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) (, and the Project Co-Director of the Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (


Kira has been at the LSE since 2010, and a visiting fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School since 2012.  From 2009-2010, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale University (  She received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2009.  During her PhD, Kira was a recipient the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship, and the Giorgio Ruffalo Doctoral Fellowship in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She has an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT, where she was part of the Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change (, and an ScB in Chemistry from Brown University.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability science
  • Sustainable production and consumption systems
  • Innovation systems and policy
  • Green chemistry and engineering
  • Standards, certification and ecolabels
  • Voluntary and private regulation
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Chemicals policy
  • Regulation of emerging sustainability risks
  • Role of science in policy
  • Science and technology policy