Innovations for Peace and Development
Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) was launched at the University of Texas at Austin in January 2013. IPD’s mission is to provide a space for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on global conflict, foreign aid and poverty alleviation. At its core, IPD provides mentored research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. We are very proud that since our start over 130 students have been involved with IPD, as student researchers, summer interns, and graduate research fellows and assistants. We welcome students across all disciplines and levels. Get involved today!
September Faculty Affiliate Highlight
James Stevenson is Senior Resident Scholar at IPD, and Agricultural Research Officer at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO - Rome, Italy). James works with a team of researchers that assesses the impact of agricultural and natural resource management technologies, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and focusing on the work of the CGIAR global research partnership.
Learn more about Dr. Stevenson.
IPD's New Policy Brief Series # 3 Natural Resources and Violent Conflict in Algeria
As part of IPD's policy brief series on natural resources and violent conflict, the third brief focuses on Algeria, a resource rich state that has seen its share of internal conflict. As a state that receives most of its revenue from the sale of hydrocarbons, Algeria is a prime case to examine. It allows us to see if prior government control of resources matters to the outbreak of resource-related violence.
Using data coded by the Conflict and Development Team of IPD, as part of the Department of Defense's Minerva Initiative, combined with conflict information from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), the team produced maps and geographic regression analysis about the situation in Algeria. We find that violence is unrelated to, or even negatively correlated with, the location of important natural resources. As the base of the government's power, protection of these resources is paramount to the government's survival. Check out the full report here.
2015 Annual Report
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