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SPEA Research Centers

Indiana University Public Policy Institute

Director: Mark Lawrance

A collaborative, multidisciplinary research institute within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Institute delivers unbiased research and data-driven, objective, expert analysis to help public, private and nonprofit sectors make important decisions that directly impact quality of life in Indiana and throughout the nation. The Institute staffs the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) and houses the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI.

Institute for Development Strategies

Director: David Audretsch
The Strategic Management of Places Conference

The Institute 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,offers courses and workshops, and is a frequent conference sponsor. One of its key programs is the Ameritech Fellowship Program, which supports several regional policy research projects directed by university faculty members.

Transportation Research Center

Director: David Good

The TRC continues Indiana University's tradition in transportation research, service, and education. Recent projects include researching highway safety, aviation safety, transportation economics, and the transport of hazardous materials. The center carries out projects for various government agencies and for the private sector includng 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

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Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change

Director: Tom Evans

A cooperative effort of four research centers on the Indiana University Bloomington campus:

Activities include interdisciplinary training and research on questions, focused primarily on the western hemisphere,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? The late Elinor Ostrom and Emilio Moran were the founding co-directors.

Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

Director: Jamie L. Palmer

Established by the General Assembly in 1995 as a forum to plan for and address problems that arise as greater demands are made on state and local governments. IACIR's mission is to create effective communication, cooperation, and partnerships between federal, state, and local units of government to improve the delivery of services to the citizens of Indiana.

Integrated Program in the Environment

Director: Jeff White

Bringing together more than 90 faculty members, including world-renowned scientists and instructors, the IPE reaches across 25 departments and five schools within IU. IPE encourages collaboration in the classroom, lab, field, outreach, and other activities. Its interdisciplinary nature reflects the contributions of individual scholars and commitment to the cooperation and shared purpose necessary to prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders.

The Political Science Data Laboratory and Archive

A member of the InterUniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research and the International Survey Library Association (Roper Center), the Archive contains over 2,000 data sets and machine readable codebooks and offers consulting and instruction in the use of computer facilities on campus as well as providing data sets for graduate student research.

Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve

Director: Keith Clay

The Preserve provides natural field settings that enhance the research, teaching, and service missions of Indiana University. It addresses the growing national and international emphasis on environmental issues which require solutions that include studies in the natural world. The RTP affirms that not all scientific research is done in a lab and not all teaching is done in the classroom.

Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

Director: Lee Alston

Established in 1973 by the late Elinor and Vincent Ostrom, the faculty associated with the Workshop teach in SPEA, the Departments of Political Science, Economics, and Psychology and the Kelley School of Business and work in applied research related to theoretical problems.The Workshop, which receives wide recognition for providing critical examination of ideas, the evaluation of their scientific merit, conducting experiments, and disseminating the results for societal benefit, conducts three central areas of research:

  • Institutional analysis of public goods and common pool resources
  • The nature of macropolitical order
  • Conflict at an international level