The major goals of the research group in Quality and Responsiveness of Global Health Systems are to develop novel metrics of health system quality in low- and middle-income countries and to investigate the determinants and consequences of poor quality to inform quality improvement interventions. We work with publicly available secondary data, such as Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys, and are currently undertaking a major analysis to identify more efficient metrics for health facility quality in low-and middle-income countries. Read more about Leveraging big data to improve global health care quality
Dr. Jennifer S. Lerner is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. Drawing insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience, her research examines human judgment and decision making. As an undergraduate research assistant, you would work with Dr. Lerner and her team on a variety of projects relevant to economics, finance, public health, and national security. Read more about High-Impact Research in Decision Science
We are interested in how and why people make poor cost-benefit decisions in order to harm others. For example, why might someone choose to hurt another person in a dispute when the consequences for this action loom large? This project will investigate how and why people make decisions to aggress using a series of behavioral tasks looking at traits such as aggression, decision-making, impulsivity, and cognitive flexibility. Read more about Aggression & Decision-Making
This project focuses on the manifestation/s of dictators and dictatorships in contemporary literary genres—the representation of its various configurations, and the politics of re/writing history. Specifically, the project focuses on contemporary Arabic novels that call attention to the parallel/s between narrative and the rhetorical processes and structures that once played a role in empowering dictators and helping them to create godly-like figures of themselves. Each literary work offers an articulation of history and history-making where it is conceived as a fluid narrative that is ideologically constructed through interaction, rejection, and recognition. The project focuses on opening a discussion on how novels can be read as tools of dissent against “Arab dictators” ongoing rhetorical self-empowering over their own people and nations. Read more about The Representation of Dictators in Contemporary Arabic Literature
The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) was established to advance an evidence base regarding strategies and methods for improving child health service delivery and increasing protections and effective services for children in adversity.
We are interested in what factors drive people to sometimes seek out information, and other times avoid it. People frequently spend time and resources seeking out information that is useless except for satisfying curiosity. Read more about Reward Outcome Information Preferences
Our project will tackle the following four questions: 1) what is the current role of fish and other seafood in maintaining macro and micro-nutrient nutrition for populations around the world; 2) how will projected changes in global fish stocks affect human nutrition; 3) which populations have the greatest nutritional vulnerability to changes in the status of fisheries; and 4) which marine conservation and fisheries management strategies would pay the largest health dividends at a variety of scales from local to global? Read more about Fisheries Management, Food Security and Human Nutrition
There is broad agreement that private philanthropic investment is poised to have an increasingly important impact across world regions. Yet those who seek to optimize the impact of philanthropy and social investing are hindered by a lack of reliable data and knowledge regarding philanthropic resources and trends. Read more about Global Institutional Philanthropy Study
This project examines the historical origins of state capacity at the sub-national level in China. Using historical, quantitative data, investigate the impact of war, crops, and the imperial civil service exam system on contemporary China's local state capacity.