PhD Harvard University, 2009
Associate Professor

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Kira Matus is associate professor of public policy in the Division of Social Sciences and the Division of the Environment.  She received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2009.  Her primary research focus is at the intersection of innovation, sustainability science, and public policy, focusing on sustainable production-consumption systems. A large portion of her research is on how policy interacts with the development and implementation of "green" technologies in supply chains, especially those that include the production and/or use of chemicals.  .  She looks at how policy can incentivize innovation- but also at how innovation can feed-back into policy, and when new technologies allow for, and sometimes even demand, new approaches to policy on the part of public, private and civil society actors.  This includes areas such as certification and voluntary regulatory tools, as examples of some of the different approaches being used to effectively regulate emerging technologies.  She also has a longstanding interest in the use of scientific expertise in the policy process, which has led to work on the controversies surrounding efforts to control bovine Tb with the culling badgers in the UK and possums in the NZ.
Research Interests
  • Innovation for sustainable development
  • Sustainable production and consumption/ sustainable manufacturing
  • Green Chemistry and engineering
  • Science advice in public policy
  • Regulation of emerging technologies
  • Sustainability science
Representative Publications
  • Anadon, L.D., Chan, G., Harley, A.G., Matus, K., Moon, S., Murthy, S.L., Clark, W.C., (2016). Making technological innovation work for sustainable development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Vergragt, P.J., Dendler, L., de Jong, M., Matus, K., (2016). Transitions to sustainable consumption and production in cities. Journal of Cleaner Production 134, Part A, 1–12.
  • Lodge, Martin and Matus, Kira J. M. (2014) Science, badgers, politics: advocacy coalitions and policy change in bovine tuberculosis policy in Britain. Policy Studies Journal, 42 (3). pp. 367-390.
  • Barry, M., Cashore, B., Clay, J., Fernandez, M., Lebel, L., Lyon, T., Mallet, P., Matus, K., Melchett, P., Vandenbergh, M., Vis, J.K., and Whelen, T.  Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification. The State-of-Knowledge Assessment of Standards and Certification, Washington DC. 2012.
  • Matus, Kira J.M, Xiao Xin, and Julie B Zimmerman (2012). Green Chemistry and Green Engineering in China: Trends, Policies and Barriers. Journal of cleaner production, 32, 193-203.
Courses Taught
  • SOSC3000H/ENVR3010I Sustainability Science: Problems and Perspectives

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