Organized by the Social Science Ideas Panel Committee, Daniel Lichter and Valerie Hans, co-chairs.
The public policy faculty—broadly conceived—provides a bridge between Cornell’s traditional academically-oriented departments and faculty and the public. In this regard, Cornell’s social science faculty from City and Regional Planning, Policy Analysis and Management, Industrial and Labor Relations, Government, and the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research provide new possibilities for synergistic research and training—radical collaboration—across the various social science disciplines.
But public policy and engagement is not limited to interconnections among social science faculty and programs; it also involves programs outside the traditional social science disciplines. Social scientists are actively involved in research on the behavioral and economic consequences of climate change; changes in the digital environment and social media call for a better understanding of ethics, regulatory policy, and social and political impacts of new forms of communication and social influence (e.g., fake news and propaganda); on-going research involves new collaborations between transportation engineering and the decision-making sciences, including psychology, marketing, and regulatory economics; and social scientists are well-suited to address questions about the adoption and diffusion of new technologies (e.g., driverless cars).
Featuring: Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Thomas D. Gilovich, Miguel Gómez, Jon Kleinberg, Bruce Lewenstein, Michael Lovenheim, Suzanne Mettler, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Kelly Musick, Jed Stiglitz, Laura Tach, Mildred Warner, Natalie Bazarova, and James Grimmelmann.