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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.
Harris also supports numerous other partnerships and initiatives, and is home to the University of Chicago Urban Labs.
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.
James Robinson (left) talks with Jonathan Powell (right) at The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Annual Lecture.
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.
The International Innovation Corps’ mission is to identify and implement scalable, sustainable, high-impact interventions that make great leaps in solving pressing development challenges.
Former International Innovation Corps Project Fellow, Mrinalini Penumaka (second from right), working on sustainable energy issues in rural India.
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.
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.
The Center for Effective Government investigates local and national reform efforts that are intended to change the way our political institutions are governed.
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.
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.
The Center for Impact Sciences makes evidence more actionable for policymakers by researching new frontiers in data standardization, evidence synthesis, and predictive analytics.
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.
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.
The Cyber Policy Initiative at Harris Public Policy seeks to advance the field of cyber policy by examining the intersection of national security, politics, and technology.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center was established to help state administrators and researchers access, link, and analyze administrative data related broadly to family self-sufficiency.
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.