Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) is a student-driven research lab that provides mentored opportunities for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on global conflict and peacebuilding, foreign assistance, poverty alleviation, good governance, and human rights. Since 2013, IPD has brought together over 600 undergraduate and graduate students, and over 100 students are conducting research in Spring 2020. IPD’s goals are to provide on-campus experiential learning, applied training, and international professional opportunities to UT students to empower them to fulfill UT’s motto, “What Starts Here Changes the World.”
IPD has worked in collaboration with the World Bank, African Development Bank, UN Peacebuilding Fund, US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Defense, and many other non-governmental organizations in the US and abroad. IPD students have won prestigious Presidential Management and Boren Fellowships, and alumni have embarked on impressive careers in academia as well as at the World Bank, UN agencies, the US State Department, USAID, and global non-governmental organizations.