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SPEA Research Centers

The Center for Research in Energy and the Environment (CREE)
Our country is facing unprecedented challenges as we seek to balance an increasing demand for energy with protection of the environment and the need for energy independence. The Center for Research in Energy and the Environment (CREE) brings together the best minds in science, economics and public policy to help decision makers in all sectors make sound energy choices.

Indiana University Public Policy Institute
John Krauss, Director
The IU Public Policy Institute is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research institute within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Institute serves as an umbrella organization for research centers affiliated with SPEA, including the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, the Center for Health Policy, and the Center for Criminal Justice Research.

Institute for Development Strategies
David Audretsch, Director
The Strategic Management of Places Conference
The Institute, as part of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, furthers research, graduate-level education, and scholarly exchange in economic development and public policy. It serves as a focal point for Indiana University's contributions to economic development and coordinates faculty research and seminars. It also offers courses and workshops and is a frequent conference sponsor. One of the key programs managed by the Institute is the Ameritech Fellowship Program, which supports several regional policy research projects directed by University faculty members.

Transportation Research Center (TRC)
David Good, Director
TRC continues Indiana University's tradition in transportation research, service, and education. Researching highway safety, aviation safety, transportation economics, and the transport of hazardous materials are recent projects. The center uses a staff of researchers, faculty, and graduate students to carry out projects for various government agencies and for the private sector. These projects include highway crash data and safety analysis, investigation of air bags in crashes, and evaluating alternative DWI treatment programs in Indiana's Marion County.

Business/SPEA Information Commons

Other affiliated centers
Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change
Tom Evans, Director
The Center (CIPEC) is a cooperative effort of four research centers on the Indiana University Bloomington campus: the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, the Midwestern Regional Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change, the Population Institute for Research and Training, and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. CIPEC activities include interdisciplinary training and research on questions such as: How do institutional arrangements influence the nature and magnitude of human impacts, such as population density and transportation networks on forest ecosystems and global change? These activities focus primarily on the western hemisphere. The late Elinor Ostrom and Emilio Moran were the founding co-directors.

Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) was established by the General Assembly in 1995 to provide a forum to plan for and address the problems that will arise as greater demands are made on state and local governments. The mission of the IACIR is to create effective communication, cooperation, and partnerships between the federal, state, and local units of government to improve the delivery of services to the citizens of Indiana.

Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE)
Jeff White, Director
The IU Integrated Program in the Environment brings together more than 90 faculty members–including world-renowned scientists and instructors. It reaches across 25 departments and 5 schools within IU–one of the Big 10's top universities. IPE encourages collaborations in the classroom, lab, field, outreach, and other activities. Its interdisciplinary nature reflects not only the contributions of the individual scholars, but a commitment to cooperation and shared purpose necessary to prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders.


The Political Science Data Laboratory and Archive
The Data Laboratory and Archive contain over 2000 data sets and machine readable codebooks. The Archive is a member of the InterUniversity consortium for Political and Social Research and the International Survey Library Association (Roper Center). The Lab offers consulting and instruction in the use of computer facilities on the campus as well as providing data sets for graduate student research.

Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve (IURTP)
In May of 2001 the Indiana University Board of Trustees, with strong support from students, faculty and administration, established a Research and Teaching Preserve (RTP) to enhance the research, teaching and service missions of the university. Indiana University has a national reputation for field-based research, particularly in the biological and environmental sciences. There is growing national and international emphasis on environmental issues whose solutions require observational and experimental studies of fundamental processes in the natural world. The establishment of the RTP recognizes and affirms that not all scientific research is done in a lab and that not all teaching is done in a classroom.

The Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve (IURTP) website provides information on the preserve, including directions and access to the preserve, maps, flora and fauna, history, research, and teaching activities. It also includes contact information and links to related websites.

Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Tom Evans and Burney Fischer, Co-Directors
The Workshop was established in 1973 by the late Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The faculty associated with the Workshop teaches in SPEA, the Departments of Political Science, Economics, and Psychology and the Kelley School of Business. Scholars and students work in applied research related to theoretical problems. Multidisciplinary and multinational, with scholars in residence from around the world, the Workshop has three central areas of research: institutional analysis of public goods and common pool resources, the nature of macropolitical order, and conflict at an international level. It receives wide recognition for its ability to provide critical examination of ideas, evaluation of their scientific merit, conduct experiments, and disseminate the results for societal benefit.