EPP features a core group of faculty members. Complementing this group are academics and senior-level professionals who serve as ongoing and visiting lecturers. EPP faculty members work closely with students, serving as academic advisors, thesis advisors, instructors, and research and project supervisors. The core group of EPP faculty is as follows:


JoAnn Carmin, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning

Professor Carmin studies the institutional and societal dimensions of environmental governance in developed and developing countries. Her current research focuses on urban climate adaptation with particular attention to why cities are pursuing climate adaptation planning, how adaptation activities are mainstreamed, and the ways in which local governments address the needs of the most vulnerable populations in their decisions and implementation activities. She has published four books as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on research she has conducted in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States. In addition to serving on multiple editorial boards and collaborating with an array of international organizations, Professor Carmin is a member of the climate adaptation advisory
boards for the World Bank (Latin America and Caribbean Region)
and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability as well as a
Lead Author for the Working Group II contribution to the
Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC).



Stephen Hammer, PhD

Lecturer in Energy and Environment Hammer

Dr. Hammer teaches and researches energy planning, with a primary focus on cities. He also currently serves as an advisor on urban 'green growth' initiatives to the OECD in Paris, and recently completed work for the World Bank on a number of different urban energy-related projects. In 2009-2010, Dr. Hammer led the Energy Smart Cities Initiative, a China-based program providing energy and climate policy training to local government officials around China. Prior to joining MIT, he taught at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he also served as director of the Urban Energy Program at the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy. Dr. Hammer has written on local energy policymaking, urban energy systems, distributed generation technology, and the impacts of climate change on local and regional energy networks. He serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Local Environment; is a reviewer for the journal Energy Policy; and is co-editor of Climate Change and Cities (Cambridge University Press, 2011).



Judith Layzer, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Policy
Head, Environmental Policy and Planning Group Layzer

Professor Layzer investigates the role of ideas—including scientific, economic, and political ideas—in environmental policymaking. She also analyzes the efficacy of local and regional environmental policies and policymaking processes. Currently, in collaboration with the Urban Sustainability Directors' Network, she directs the Urban Sustainability Assessment (USA) Project, an effort to determine what kinds of urban sustainability programs yield genuine environmental benefits. In addition, Layzer is the author of The Environmental Case: Translating Values Into Policy (CQ Press), now in its third edition; Natural Experiments: Ecosystem-Based Management and the Environment (MIT Press); and the forthcoming Freedom, Efficiency, and Environmental Protection: Conservative Ideas And Their Consequences (MIT Press).



Harvey Michaels, MCP

Lecturer in Energy Efficiency and Principal Investigator Michaels

Professor Michaels teaches energy efficiency with focus on strategy innovation and directs the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, which includes business/policy studies of utility, community, and smart grid-enabled efficiency deployment models. Harvey also participates in the MIT Energy Initiative and the Campus Energy Task Force. From 1997 to 2007, Michaels led Nexus Energy Software (now Aclara Software), which builds utility efficiency and customer service websites as well as Meter Data Management systems. Before founding Nexus, Michaels was president of XENERGY (now part of Kema Consulting and Con Edison Solutions), which specialized in efficiency resource studies and analysis systems.



Lawrence Susskind, PhD

Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Environmental PlanningSusskind

Professor Susskind's research interests focus on the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, global environmental treaty-making, the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes, renewable energy policy, climate change adaptation and the land claims of Indigenous Peoples. Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of fifteen books including, most recently, Built to Win (Harvard Business School Publishing), Multiparty Negotiation (Sage), Breaking Robert's Rules (Oxford), The Consensus Building Handbook (Sage), and Dealing with An Angry Public (Free Press). Professor Susskind is currently Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and co-director of the Water Diplomacy Workshop. He is Founder of the Consensus Building Institute, a Cambridge-based, not-for-profit that provides environmental mediation services around the world. He also was one of the co-founders of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he now directs the MIT-Harvard Public Negotiations Program, serves as Vice Chair for Education, and co-directs the Negotiation Pedagogy Initiative.