Research Units are a bridge between multidisciplinary research and policy applications, knitting together people from programs and research interests of different Harvard schools. They are founded on the belief that many of the key research challenges and opportunities of our era require cooperation among the arts, humanities and sciences and among the academy, industry, and the public sphere. A key resource for scholars, public and private sector leaders, design practitioners and policymakers, the Research Units improve study and practice, inform policy decisions and convene informed discussion on a broad range of issues.
The Research Units include established research programs and Design Labs, where the synthesis of theoretical and applied knowledge yields innovative and speculative research that enables design to be an agent of change in society. In addition, the GSD environment fosters research projects that are site or theme specific.