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.

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Infrastructure Design Must Change with Climate

    Aug 12, 2016

    Failure to plan for climate change in infrastructure design poses a real threat to public safety and the ability to meet environmental quality goals. Engineers need to work with scientists and risk analysts to understand climate projections and how to incorporate the information into their designs.

  • Should Scientists and Engineers Engage in Climate Engineering Research?

    May 13, 2016

    Should scientists and engineers undertake research on so-called climate engineering in the hope that it will improve humanity's ability to manage climate change? Two books from experts answer this question from different points of view.

  • Adaptation Starts Here

    Mar 17, 2016

    Subnational governments—city governments, in particular—are essential to addressing climate change. The Mediterranean City Climate Change Consortium (MC-4) was developed to help cities facing similar challenges work together to adapt and create more livable futures for their communities.

  • Climate and Energy Analysis: Reinvigorating the Scenario Technique

    Feb 4, 2016

    Scenarios are widely used for long-term climate and energy analysis, but scenario developers and users typically capture only a subset of future uncertainties. By adopting three focal points as part of this methodology, researchers can expand uncertainty consideration and gather user-specific insights.

  • Robust Decision-Making Could Be a Valuable Tool For Defense Planning

    Feb 1, 2016

    Robust decision-making (RDM) can provide useful inputs to defense planning—particularly to the air-launched munitions mix challenge. As it continues to be validated, RDM could be integrated more and more into the defense planning process.

  • Paris Gets the (Decision) Science Right

    Dec 18, 2015

    The framework for the Paris negotiations is in sync with what science tells us about how to make effective public policy decisions. This alone makes them historic and may provide a model for both local and global action on more than climate alone.

  • COP21: Ambition and Momentum

    Dec 17, 2015

    Negotiators in Paris achieved a historic breakthrough by adopting a fundamentally different, and likely more effective, institutional framework to address climate change. It builds on two concepts missing from past attempts to forge a global treaty: voluntary participation and adaptive policymaking.

  • Video Roundup from the 2015 Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty Workshop

    Dec 11, 2015

    RAND's Robert Lempert and Nidhi Kalra—along with other experts in the research community—report on the third annual workshop for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty, hosted by Deltares in November 2015.