Innovations for Peace and Development
Founded in January 2013, Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) is a research program at The University of Texas at Austin with the mission to provide a space for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on conflict, governance, and poverty alleviation, both domestically and abroad. At its core, IPD provides mentored research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. We are very proud that since our start over 400 students have been involved with IPD, as student researchers, summer interns, and graduate research fellows. Our students have gained invaluable professional and research skills and have gone on to intern and work in the domestic and international arenas. We welcome students across all disciplines and levels. Get involved today!
Read more about IPD here.
Welcome Dr. Rachel Wellhausen as Co-Director of IPD!
July 15, 2018
Dr. Wellhausen is an Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, with courtesy appointments at the McCombs School of Business and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Her research in international relations and international political economy focuses on the impact that multinational corporations, financial markets, international institutions, and political risk have on development. She also works on development issues within the United States, particularly regarding American Indian tribes and US territories. Rachel has published in the American Political Science Review, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, MIT Press, and other outlets. In her book, The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms (Cambridge University Press 2015), Rachel uses firm nationality to explain conflicts between host governments and multinational corporations.
Learn more about Dr. Wellhausen here.
IPD Faculty Affiliate Dr. Erin Lentz releases a new Op-Ed on The Hill making a strong case against maritime cargo preferences
June 22, 2018
"In a recent column in The Hill, the authors contend that preserving and bolstering cargo preference requirements — the law requiring U.S. shippers to use U.S. flagged vessels to transport “government-impelled ocean-borne cargo” — is crucial to maintaining America’s standing in international trade, carrying out the nation’s humanitarian agenda, and projecting U.S. military power overseas.
Our findings and those of others, including Christopher Barrett of Cornell University and Vincent Smith of the American Enterprise Institute and Montana State University, suggest otherwise."
Read the rest of Dr. Lentz's article here.
Congratulations to the IPDers that were accepted into the Next Generation Scholars Program at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law!
April 23, 2018
Congratulations to the following students that will be interning in Washington, DC and Tanzania over the summer with support from IPD!
April 23, 2018
Congratulations to the following IPDers for making the 2018 Dean's Distinguished Graduates list!
April 5, 2018
Press Release: Dr. Kate Weaver speaks about IPD to the International Board of Advisors
March 19, 2018
"Since 2013, over 400 students have been part of Innovations for Peace and Development. They participate as student researchers, summer interns, and research fellows. They come to IPD because they are hungry for research experience. They are eager to engage in the world. And they really want to attain the skills and experiences needed to move into post-graduate careers.
Getting IPD off the ground over the past five years has been a lot of work and has put more than a few gray hairs on my head. But without question, it’s been the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my 15-year career as a university professor. And I hope that, at the end of the day, IPD provides something valuable back to the University of Texas, our community and our state, and helps to realize our university motto: that what starts here changes the world."
Read the rest of Dr. Weaver's remarks here.
Congratulations, Eun Young!
February 20, 2018
Congratulations to Eun Young Kim, member of IPD's Global Indices Network (GIN) Project. Eun Young was just awarded a University of Texas Continuing Graduate Fellowship. This very prestigious fellowship covers full tuition and a monthly stipend for the 2018-19 academic year. Well deserved, Eun Young! Your IPD family is so proud and happy for you!
Eun Young is a PhD student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her research interests encompass topics of program evaluation in the international development context, statistics and open data for policymaking, and policy transfer. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Center for International Development Evaluation at Seoul National University while doing her masters, participating in projects for evaluation framework design and helping organize workshops for evaluation capacity-building. She received her MPP as well as BAs in economics and in political science from Seoul National University.
Student Spotlight: Karla Howard (Data4Peace)
February 21, 2018
Karla Howard is a second-year undergraduate Government major at the University of Texas at Austin and has been with the Data4Peace Team since the fall of 2017. She has worked on projects that examine the FARC integration in Colombia and is currently working on evaluating a draft for the IPA Peace and Recovery Expression of Interest. The study, if funded, will be focused on the implementation of the CBM evaluation of UN peacekeeping interventions which will measure trust and accountability in nation-building efforts. She has also helped update the Data4Peace Team section on the IPD website. Learn more about the Data4Peace work here.
Project Team Leader Spotlight: Liz Teare (Chinese Development Finance Team)
February 21, 2018
Elizabeth (Liz) Teare is a senior studying International Relations and Rhetoric with minors in Middle Eastern studies and French. Her research interests include conflict and peace studies, as well as international development. She spent most of 2016 living in France and studied at SciencesPo as apart of a Franco-Anglophone exchange program. She spent summer 2017 interning with an edu-tainment social enterprise in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, working on multiple marketing and business development projects. Elizabeth is working on an IRG honors thesis researching peace-building programs and the importance of education in regards to development and conflict. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career that links her marketing experience and interests in peace-building and development policy.
Liz is the only undergraduate task team leader at IPD and currently leads the Chinese Development Finance team. She manages and edits the CDF's news digest, blog site, and analytical reports. Read Elizabeth's CV here and read more about the CDF's amazing work here.
Ever wondered what our work looks like in action? Learn more from this new video about IPD!
Spring 2018 Involvement with IPD
IPD is always looking for student research affiliates! We're on summer break, but will start up again this coming fall semester.
If you're looking to get involved with research with international development programs, data management on poverty or conflict, or even writing reports and blogs, you can fill out this form here.
2017 Annual Report
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