Pardee Center

The RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition was established in 2001 through a generous $5 million pledge from RAND alumnus Frederick S. Pardee. The RAND Pardee Center aims to enhance the overall future quality and condition of human life by aggressively disseminating and applying new methods for long-term policy analysis in a wide variety of policy areas where they are needed most.

The Pardee Center organizes its activities around two main themes: (1) advancing the state-of the-art in conducting long-term policy analysis so organizations can implement better long-range policy; and (2) developing and disseminating approaches that will help make proper stewardship for the future be more commonly practiced.

  • Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    The World Bank is supporting research to examine the impact of climate change on water and energy infrastructure in Africa and suggest robust responses. The study focuses on seven of the most important river basins in Africa, as well as considering project-level case studies of five specific hydropower facilities.

  • RDMlab Innovates in Development of Robust Decision Sciences

    A collaboration among RAND, the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Evolving Logic, and network partners, RDMlab promotes the development and use of Robust Decision Making (RDM) methods for policy and decisionmaking.

  • U.S.-China Global Warming Deal Could Signal Shift on Climate Change

    Dec 9, 2014

    The U.S.-China agreement on limiting greenhouse gas emissions represents a significant and welcome shift in the international approach to addressing climate change. For the first time, a large developing country has agreed to limit its greenhouse gas emissions—a crucial step since these countries have become the world’s largest sources.

  • RAND's Collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab Shows How High-Performance Computing Could Revolutionize Decisionmaking

    Nov 25, 2014

    RAND's Emerging Policy Research and Methods Program has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's High Performance Computing Innovation Center to explore how high-performance computing could enable near-real-time policy and decision analysis through the use of complex, at-scale models.

  • Second Annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

    Nov 18, 2014

    This workshop aimed to foster a community of practice around decision making under deep uncertainty, in order to improve methods and tools, facilitate their use in practice, and ultimately encourage sound decision making in our rapidly changing world.

  • Developing Key Indicators for Adaptive Water Planning

    Sep 16, 2014

    Current approaches to water planning make it difficult for water agencies to craft flexible and robust plans to guide resource allocation and facilitate discussions with constituents and ratepayers. An innovative effort by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California seeks to address these challenges.

  • New Coal Plant Rules Need Sustained Support to Succeed

    Jun 30, 2014

    Stopping climate change will require the U.S. and the rest of the world to virtually eliminate emissions over the course of the 21st century. Getting anywhere close to zero emissions demands sustained political and public support, driven by an energy production sector given enough incentives.

  • Water Management and Climate Resilience in Pittsburgh: Building a Research Agenda

    Jun 24, 2014

    At this June 2014 event, part of our Conversations at RAND series, a panel of experts discusses ways to strengthen Pittsburgh's water management system, create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and better manage long-term uncertainty.

  • Pardee Center Uses Gaming to Convey Concepts for Planning Under Deep Uncertainty

    May 23, 2014

    The Pardee Center is using gaming to help participants engage with the challenges and new approaches for planning under deep uncertainty. The "Decisions for the Decade Game" has been played with participants include RAND staff; the advisory board of RAND Justice, Infrastructure and Environment; and leaders of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.