Society's grand challenges—rapid urbanization, climate change, sustainable energy transitions, governance of emerging and/or disruptive technologies—require innovative leadership and collaboration among academia, communities, government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, anchored upon interdisciplinary and systems thinking rooted in real-world projects.

The Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs focuses on public policy issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health, and well-being.

The mission of the STEP area is to integrate science with public policy, community action, and multi-sector governance to advance the common good in a complex and diverse world.
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