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Alicia Harley

  • PhD
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government
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Alicia Harley is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and a Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She is broadly interested in innovation systems, participation and collective action in agriculture development. Within these literatures, she studies institutional reform and strategies for improving iterative learning processes and organizational reflexivity in support of innovation and technology cooperation in agriculture development. Her dissertation is on technology adoption and local innovation amongst smallholder farmers in Egypt and India, focusing on the different capabilities of public, private and civil society sectors in supporting smallholder agriculture. Alicia also leads the food and agriculture systems working group as part of a collaborative project with the Initiative on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development led by Professor William Clark. She received her BA, magna cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy and a citation in Arabic from Harvard College in 2008 and subsequently worked as a greenhouse gas reduction program coordinator for Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Following that, she spent a year in Cairo as a Fulbright Scholar researching the political economy of agriculture and food security in Egypt before returning to graduate school.

Recent publications

  • Making technological innovation work for sustainable development

    • Anadon L
    • Chan G
    • Harley A
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

May 2018 - Present


PhD Public Policy

Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

September 2010 - November 2013(3 years)

B.A. Environmental Science and Public Policy

Harvard College

September 2004 - June 2008(4 years)

Co-authors (6)

  • Ananth Gudipati
  • Brian Dillon

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