Harris collaborations influence public policy around the world.

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 research centers and institutes serve as catalysts for research and engagement with the policy community around the world.


Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC)

The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) is an interdisciplinary research and training institute focused on the economic and social consequences of energy policies. It is a joint initiative of Harris Public Policy, the Social Sciences Division, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

International Innovation Corps

The International Innovation Corps’ mission is to identify and implement scalable, sustainable, high-impact interventions that make great leaps in solving pressing development challenges.

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and the Pearson Global Forum are the first institute and annual global forum of their kind dedicated solely to the study and resolution of global conflicts.

Urban Labs

As part of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Urban Labs works to address challenges across five key dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment. Urban Labs partners with civic and community leaders to identify, test, and help scale the programs and policies with the greatest potential to improve human lives.


Center for the Economics of Human Development

The Center for the Economics of Human Development was created to foster a comprehensive research program that identifies and explores the circumstances under which people develop the skills necessary to thrive in the current economy and achieve their fullest potential.

Center for Economic Policy

The Center for Economic Policy's mission is to educate students on financial markets and securities, an integrated view of how these markets interact in a general equilibrium context, and the economic tools to analyze the regulatory and legal framework in which financial markets operate.

Center for Effective Government

The Center for Effective Government investigates local and national reform efforts that are intended to change the way our political institutions are governed.

Center for Health Policy

The Center for Health Policy integrates health policy education and research, mobilizes resources in health policy from throughout the University of Chicago, and serves as a platform for collaboration with best-in-class US and international schools.

Center for Human Potential and Public Policy

The purpose of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at Harris is to understand the forces driving inequality of opportunity for children in society and to develop interventions to close the gaps in cognitive and non-cognitive skills between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children.

As the research hub for CHPPP, BIP Lab studies the parental investments that promote children's success and how behavioral tools can leverage these investments to increase their return.

Center for Impact Sciences

The Center for Impact Sciences makes evidence more actionable for policymakers by researching new frontiers in data standardization, evidence synthesis, and predictive analytics.

Center for Municipal Finance

The Center for Municipal Finance enables students and faculty to engage the major financial issues of the day facing state and local governments in the US and around the globe, such as financing infrastructure, the use of municipal bonds, privatization, pension liabilities and the efficacy of reform, tax base adequacy, and more.

Center for Survey Methodology

The Center for Survey Methodology at Harris Public Policy, established in 2014, supports research projects on the methodology of data collection and evaluation, hosts guest speakers, organizes small group meetings and conferences, and manages the Harris Certificate in Survey Research.

Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility at the University of Chicago advances groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research on the origins and nature of contemporary inequalities. By bringing together an interdisciplinary community of scholars to exchange ideas, integrate approaches, and confront empirical challenges, the Stone Center generates the rigorous research necessary to guide effective policy solutions to ameliorate socioeconomic inequality, promote mobility, and improve economic well-being.

Affiliated Centers

The interdisciplinary nature of the affiliated centers allows for broad participation by students and faculty. Harris Public Policy works closely with other research centers and programs throughout the University.