Alicia G. Harley

Cambrdige MA

Alicia G. Harley

Cambrdige MA

I am a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and a Doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. I study innovation in agriculture systems. Specifically my work aims to improve our understanding of how to govern innovation to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable farmers, and expand the literature in innovation studies to include a greater focus on innovation in the context of power asymmetries and inequality. I use a systems model of the innovation process to study India’s agriculture system. My primary dissertation project focuses on the agriculture innovation system in Bihar. Drawing on qualitative methods in organizational behavior and institutions, I study the relationship between policies aimed at driving innovation in Bihar’s agriculture system ((e.g. technology promotion programs, subsidy regimes etc.) and on the ground outcomes at the village level, specifically focusing on differential impacts on farmers across the socio-economic and caste spectrum. My second project compares the provision of micro-irrigation subsidies across four States in India. I am interested both in how the design of subsidy delivery impacts adoption, and especially how the design of subsidies differentially impacts large vs. small farmers. In addition to my dissertation project, Alicia 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.

  • Education
    • AB Harvard University 2008
    • PhD Candidiate Harvard Kennedy School of Government (expected 2016)