Prof. Kira MATUS

PhD in Public Policy, Harvard University

Associate Head and Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy
Associate Professor, Division of Environment & Sustainability
Co-Director, Master of Public Policy Program


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


My primary research focus is at the intersection of innovation, sustainability science, and public policy, focusing on sustainable production-consumption systems. A large portion of my 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. I look 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 regulation emerging technologies. I also have 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.


  • Anadon, Laura Diaz, Gabriel Chan, Alicia G. Harley, Kira Matus, Suerie Moon, Sharmila L. Murthy, and William C. Clark. “Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development: Table S1.”Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, no. 35 (August 30, 2016): 9682–90. doi:10.1073/pnas.1525004113.

  • Lodge, Martin, and Kira Matus. “Science, Badgers, Politics: Advocacy Coalitions and Policy Change in Bovine Tuberculosis Policy in Britain: Bovine Tuberculosis Policy in Britain.” Policy Studies Journal 42, no. 3 (August 2014): 367–90. doi:10.1111/psj.12065.

  • Matus, Kira J.M., Xin Xiao, and Julie B. Zimmerman. “Green Chemistry and Green Engineering in China: Drivers, Policies and Barriers to Innovation.” Journal of Cleaner Production 32 (September 2012): 193–203. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.03.033.