Rigorous evidence and research is crucial, especially at this critical turning point for nature and society.

We believe it is our responsibility—as the management school of MIT—to apply academic rigor to real-world problems. Armed with science, we can  solve even the greatest sustainability problems—and take hold of opportunities for a stronger, more equitable future.

Led by world-renowned faculty co-directors Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management, and John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, we are elevating the field by bringing rigorously tested, data-driven insights to bear on serious sustainability challenges.

Whether it’s through interactive climate simulations or a more effective way to measure an organization’s environmental, social and governmental performance (ESG), our world-class researchers collaborate with industry, governments, and organizations to solve problems and seize new opportunities. 

Meet Our Faculty and Researchers

The Sustainability Initiative builds on world-class teaching, research, and engagement across sectors by faculty across MIT. These scholars propel innovation in products and services, management practices, business models, market infrastructures and institutions, and public policy.

Faculty

John A. Davis

John A. Davis

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Family Enterprise Executive Programs

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Jason Jay

Jason Jay

Senior Lecturer, Director, Sustainability Initiative, PhD '05

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David R. Keith

David R. Keith

Management Science

Assistant Professor, System Dynamics

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Harvey Michaels

Harvey Michaels

Management Science

Lecturer, System Dynamics and Information Technology

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Bethany Patten

Bethany Patten

Lecturer, Senior Associate Director, Sustainability Initiative, EMBA '13

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David G. Rand

David G. Rand

Management Science

Erwin H. Schell Professor

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Gita R. Rao

Gita R. Rao

Economics, Finance and Accounting

Senior Lecturer, Finance

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Roberto Rigobon

Roberto Rigobon

Economics, Finance and Accounting

Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management

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John D. Sterman

John D. Sterman

Management Science

Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management

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Joann de Zegher

Joann de Zegher

Management Science

Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor

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Researchers

Florian Berg

Florian Berg

Research Fellow

Helena Rose Caswell

Helena Rose Caswell

Research Assistant, TPP, 22

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Jasmina Burek

Jasmina Burek

Postdoctoral Associate MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub and Materials Systems Lab

Julian Koelbel

Julian Koelbel

Research Affiliate

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Pedro de Vasconcellos Oporto

Pedro de Vasconcellos Oporto

Research Assistant, TPP '22

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Erez Yoeli

Erez Yoeli

Management Science

Research Scientist

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