Research Portfolios

The Community Health and Environmental Policy program research areas cross a range of policy areas, including health and community design; science, technology and well-being; climate resilience; and carbon and energy systems.

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    Autonomous Systems

    Autonomous systems–from cars to aircraft–will change the way we live and work. Self-driving cars and delivery drones, for example, offer the possibility of fundamentally changing transportation. These developments raise complex policy questions.

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    Climate Research at RAND

    RAND researchers have a long history of shedding light on the social and economic implications of a changing climate, its impacts on the natural environment, and the challenges it poses to communities, regions, and our national security.

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    Community Infrastructure

    RAND research addresses critical challenges associated with community and infrastructure development. This includes planning for future transportation and mobility options, securing communities against a variety of natural and human threats, and integrating technology into the built environment.

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    Decarbonizing Energy Systems

    Decarbonization will require action on multiple fronts – changes in alternative and renewable energy technologies, industrial innovation, new modes of mobility, and shifting consumer preferences. A solid foundation of evidence is needed to support decision-making among decarbonization options.

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    Energy Systems

    Energy plays a vital role in the success of the global economy, but obtaining and using energy can also impact the environment. RAND researchers help policymakers worldwide make informed decisions on meeting their nations' energy needs while mitigating long-term life cycle environmental risks.

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    Entrepreneurship Public Policy

    RAND research into entrepreneurship public policy studies how legal and regulatory policymaking affect small businesses and entrepreneurship in a wide range of settings, including corporate governance, employment law, consumer law, securities regulation and business ethics.

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    Environmental Policy

    Research and analysis on the human effects on the environment aim to support critical decisionmaking on current and emerging environmental challenges at local, national, and global levels.

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    Supply Chain Policy

    Research and analysis in supply chain policy to help the public and private sectors address critical issues in freight transportation to the U.S., North American, and international economies.

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    Workplace Health and Safety

    Workplace injuries and illnesses shorten and reduce the quality of lives and create a significant drain on economic productivity. For more than 20 years RAND has used its multi-disciplinary approach to develop effective strategies for providing compensation and healthcare for injured workers.