Lawrence Susskind

Susskind_HeadshotPhD, MCP
Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative
Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Environmental Planning (MIT DUSP)

Lawrence Susskind has served in a variety of roles in the DUSP over the past 35 years, including as Head of the Department. For twenty years, he was director of the Environmental Policy and Planning Group. He is Founder, and currently Chief Knowledge Officer, of the Consensus Building Institute (a Cambridge-based, not-for-profit) that provides environmental mediation services around the world. CBI is involved with a wide range of resource management disputes including the mediation of Bedouin land claims in Israel, air quality management in Mexico City, and strategies for resolving facility siting disputes in Korea. Professor Susskind was one of the founders of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he co-directs the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program.

His research interests focus on autonomy for indigenous peoples around the world who want to manage their own lands and natural resources, negotiation of water and other multilateral treaties, the siting of alternative energy production facilities, and the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes. Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of fifteen books including, most recently, Water Diplomacy (Resources for the Future, 2012), Breaking Robert’s Rules,(Oxford, 2006), Dealing with An Angry Public (Free Press, 1995), Negotiating Environmental Agreements (Island Press, 2001);Transboundary Environmental Negotiations (Jossey-Bass, 2003), and Better Environmental Policy Studies (Island Press, 2001).

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