Faculty Directory

Beth Simone Noveck

Professor and Director, The Burnes Family Center for Social Change and Innovation

Harvard University, AB 1991, AM 1992
University of Innsbruck, PhD 1994
Yale Law School, JD 1997

Professor Noveck directs The Burnes Family Center for Social Change and Innovation at Northeastern University and its partner project, The Governance Lab (The GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. The author of Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (Yale Press 2021), she is also a core faculty member with the university’s Institute for Experiential AI (IEAI). Previously, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy appointed her as the state’s first chief innovation officer, and she served in the White House as the first United States deputy chief technology officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Governmentand German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Professor Noveck to her Digital Council in 2018. Professor Noveck is also visiting senior faculty fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and a fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.

At the GovLab, Professor Noveck directs better governance programs, including work with public institutions on public engagement in lawmaking (CrowdLaw), expert-sourcing innovative solutions to hard problems (Smarter Crowdsourcing), co-creation between cities and citizens (City Challenges). She also coaches public problem solvers, working with passionate individuals to take their public interest projects from idea to implementation.

Professor Noveck is a member of the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress and the EPSRC Centre for the Mathematics of Precision Healthcare and serves on the International Advisory Board of the NHS Digital Academy and the Yankelovich Democracy Monitor as well as a member of the Inter-American Development Bank President’s Commission on Transparency and Corruption and the Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy for the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the steering committee for the Collective Intelligence Conferences and GIGAPP (Grupo de Investigación en Gobierno, Administracion y Politicas Publicas). She is co-editor of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Digital Government Research and Practice journal and a founding associate editor of the Journal of Collective Intelligence.

In 2018, Professor Noveck was awarded a Robert Schumann Fellowship at the European University Institute and a Richard von Weizsaecker Fellowship by the Robert Bosch Foundation. She was named one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2018 by Apolitical. Previously, she was selected as one of the Foreign Policy 100 by Foreign Policy as well as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and Top Women in Technology by Huffington Post.

In addition to Solving Public Problems, Professor Noveck is the author of Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing (Harvard University Press 2015) and Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings 2009) and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (NYU Press, 2005). She also delivered a TED talk, “Demanding a More Open-Source Government.”

Fields of Expertise

  • Law and Society
  • Law and Technology
  • Public Interest Advocacy
  • Social Justice

Selected Works