Our Current & Ongoing Funded Research Projects

Higher Education’s Role Accelerating Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)


Research Fellow:

Marco Antonio Berger García Bio

In 2020, Second Nature partnered with Partners of the Americas to convene a group of leaders representing a wide variety of sectors, countries and regions in Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss how higher education institutions could help accelerate climate action. We are currently supporting research to synthesize the initial findings of the initial “Co-Creation Committee,” and supplement these findings with additional research. A final report is expected by December 2021.

Public Perception about Higher Education’s Role in Accelerating Climate Action in the US


In 2021, we worked with Ohio State University and Rutgers University to develop a survey deployed to the American Population Panel to to test public perception about the role of higher education institutions in accelerating climate action. This will allow us to understand the values that currently exist in the public, to understand where there may be mismatches with what is currently happening or possible for higher education, and to establish a baseline for tracking changes in that opinion over time.

Impact of Shifting Federal Priorities of Climate Research Enterprise


Research Fellows:

April T. Burrage Bio
Anna Goldstein Bio

This research project assesses how new federal investments in climate and energy research can have the most impactful results on the academic research ecosystem, and how senior leadership in higher education can support institutional research enterprise designs that align with the goals of these investments. This research attempts to answer two questions: 1) How will specific policy choices and institutional changes with respect to energy and climate impact the higher education research enterprise and its outputs? and 2) How can the sector respond in kind to make the most of this opportunity, for the good of society as well as for their students, faculty and staff?

Questions about any of these projects? Contact us.