The School of Public Policy offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy as well as undergraduate course work in several social science disciplines whose theories and methods contribute to the systematic study of public policy problems. Our faculty have built national and international reputations in the scholarly study of science, technology and environmental policy. As policy scholars committed to research, we investigate decision processes involving the public interest, in government, business, and civil society, and we involve our students in our research. As policy analysts, we learn through practice, and our students become competent to solve problems in a technological world.

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  • Analysis of American Passenger Rail: Expansion into Rural Georgia 

    Cohen, Sophia A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020)
    This paper analyzes the historical and social impacts of American passenger rail to highlight a solution to lacking connectivity and transportation options for rural Georgians. Rural Georgians need a lasting and adequate ...
  • Communicable diseases are not communicable 

    Kostoff, Ronald N.; Briggs, Michael B.; Kanduc, Darja; Porter, Alan L.; Buchtel, Henry A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-10)
    Communicable disease is a misnomer. The disease is not communicable; the microbe mainly associated with the disease is communicable. Whether the recipient of the microbe develops the disease depends on the health of the ...
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Considerations 

    Kostoff, Ronald N.; Kanduc, Darja; Porter, Alan L.; Shoenfeld, Yehuda; Briggs, Michael B. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020)
    The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has produced global health and economic adverse impacts. The main measures being taken to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and of the virus-associated diseases (COVID-19) are conceptually those that ...
  • Driving green: Employment effects, policy adoption, and public perceptions of electric vehicles 

    Soni, Anmol (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-06-03)
    Energy for usage in the transportation sector is primarily derived from petroleum products and accounts for 14% (EPA 2017a) of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and 28% (EPA 2018b) of total emissions in the US. In the US. ...
  • COVID-19: Preventing Future Pandemics 

    Kostoff, Ronald N.; Briggs, Michael B.; Porter, Alan L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020)
    The COVID-19 pandemic has had global health and economic adverse impacts. The main measures being taken to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus associated with COVID-19) are conceptually those that were taken to ...
  • For the birds: Researching theory and practice in environmental conservation policy processes 

    Mistur, Evan Matthew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-04-16)
    This dissertation explores how policy processes and decision-making structures influence environmental management in public agencies. It contributes to our understanding of how traditional bureaucratic systems of organization ...
  • Path-dependencies faced by select policies toward solid-state lighting 

    Smith, Alexander M. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-12-18)
    The studies in this dissertation – concerning inter-firm R&D collaboration, patent production and sharing, and electric power infrastructure – will illustrate the influence of path-dependency on outcomes delivered by ...
  • Combining Tactical and Strategic Treatments for COVID-19 

    Kostoff, Ronald N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-03)
    As of mid-March, 2020, many countries in the world are on partial lockdown, to control the spread of the pandemic (COVID-19) resulting from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The only effective ‘treatments’ at this time are good ...
  • The Largest Unethical Medical Experiment in Human History 

    Kostoff, Ronald N. (2020-02)
    This monograph describes the largest unethical medical experiment in human history: the implementation and operation of non-ionizing non-visible EMF radiation (hereafter called wireless radiation) infrastructure for ...
  • Three essays on the growth of the market for patents and its challenges to innovation policy 

    Kwon, Seok Beom (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-10-01)
    A sheer number of US patents have been transferred through market transactions and that the size of the market for patents has grown. In this dissertation, I conduct three complementary studies to examine how the market ...
  • Electricity infrastructure threats and policy response 

    McGrath, Jenna K. C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11-08)
    The overarching research question of this dissertation is how are policymakers responding to threats to the electricity grid? The database of attacks on the United States electricity system, created and analyzed in Chapter ...
  • Prevention and Reversal of Chronic Disease: Lessons Learned 

    Kostoff, Ronald N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    For a decade, our research group has been developing protocols to prevent and reverse chronic diseases. The present monograph outlines the lessons we have learned from both conducting the studies and identifying common ...
  • Adverse Effects of Wireless Radiation 

    Kostoff, Ronald N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-10)
    This monograph identifies adverse effects of wireless radiation as reported in the premier biomedical literature. It shows that most of the laboratory experiments that have been performed are not designed to elicit the ...
  • Prevention and Reversal of Peripheral Neuropathy/Peripheral Arterial Disease 

    Kostoff, Ronald N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019)
    This monograph presents a five-step treatment protocol to prevent and reverse Peripheral Neuropathy (PN)/Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), based on the following systemic medical principle: at the present time, removal ...
  • The co-construction of court-made patent policy and firm strategy 

    Sung, Elie J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-07-30)
    The need to accommodate new technologies at an increasingly fast pace has led the judicial branch to become a key source of changes in patent policy in the United States. This dissertation examines the co-construction of ...
  • Innovation in government: The diffusion of policy and organizational change 

    St. Clair, Rebekah (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-07-22)
    Beginning in the late nineteenth century Woodrow Wilson (1887) proposed the idea that government can be divided into two broad functions: politics and administration. While the debate remains about the extent to which these ...
  • Bridging the valley of death in biomedicine with translational research: Assessing the impact of National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award 

    Kim, Yeon Hak Hak (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-06-21)
    Despite large investment in biomedical research by government, foundations and private organizations around the world, we are not experiencing an increase in the new medicine reaching the market. Many studies point out ...
  • Strengthening exposure limits for toxic substance combinations 

    Kostoff, Ronald N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019)
    Toxic stimuli exposure limits are typically based on single stressor experiments, but are presently applicable to toxic stimuli in isolation or in combination with other toxic stimuli. In the latter case, typically less ...
  • The effects of distributed solar on utilities and their customers 

    Beppler, Ross C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-04-01)
    This dissertation evaluates the impact increasing penetrations of distributed solar will have on the electricity industry. It reconciles an analysis of the effect of increasing DPV penetration at the system scale, with an ...
  • U.S. state clean energy policy and impacts on innovative technology adoption and employment: Analyzing impacts of energy-based economic development 

    Kim, Gyung Won
    Nations, states, cities, and towns are increasingly concerned about resilient and sustainable development against climate change. Energy-based economic development (EBED) has become a growing field of practice and research ...

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