Addressing today’s global, interconnected challenges—and reaping the opportunities—takes rigorous, cross-disciplinary inquiry with research partners across campus and around the world.
Our faculty address society’s most complex challenges across a wide range of policy areas through interdisciplinary research with scholars from across the University of Chicago. Our campus partners include Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago Booth, the School of Social Service Administration, the University of Chicago Law School, UChicago Urban Labs, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as well as a number of affiliated centers. Harris also directs a number of its own centers and research initiatives. Harris-led initiatives include:
The Policy Analytics Initiative promotes data-informed policy decision-making and aims to accelerate the use of data analytics in public policy. As advances in data science allow for near-real-time gathering and processing of information that can improve public decision-making and governance, research and training is needed to bridge the gaps that remain between data scientists, policy researchers, and policymakers.
Harris launched the Urban Policy Initiative to better understand the determinants of urban density and its consequences. The initiative aims to organize urban policy studies already in progress at Harris, introduce new activities in concert with the diverse disciplinary resources of the University, and train students to help improve urban life as policy leaders.
Harris faculty engage national and international community, nonprofit, and private sector institutions, government agencies and other research organizations, influencing questions on national health care reform, housing policy, education and job training, child and family policy, poverty and urban inequality issues.
Our students and faculty work together in more than a dozen Harris centers and institutes that advance research, spark new ideas for the policy community, and offer a forum for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Through fellowship and research assistantship opportunities, our centers and institutes give you the opportunity to work alongside some of the world's foremost policy researchers and experts, gaining valuable experience in your chosen policy area.
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Harris Public Policy works closely with research centers and programs throughout the University. The interdisciplinary nature of the centers allows for broad participation by students and faculty.
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