Get Involved with IPD 2018-2019

We are accepting interested student forms for Spring 2019. We will begin student researcher training and team assignments early in 2019, but please feel free to come to IPD general meetings. Please email for up-to-date meeting information.

Are you interested in global conflict, climate change, health, peace, and development? Do you want experience with serious policy relevant research? Join us at IPD where you can learn, develop professionally, and gain leadership skills! Undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines are welcome.

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IPD Team Preference
1. Governance: uses statistical tools and GIS mapping software to study governments' capacity, autonomy, delivery of services, and probity in carrying out these functions. The team is currently undertaking projects pertaining to government audits (i.e. corruption), employment expenditures (i.e. patronage), intergovernmental fiscal transfers, and natural resources.

2. Data4Peace: uses subnational data on violence, poverty, and other indicators to understand how transparency, accountability, and social services can be improved in post-conflict regions. We use various tools-- including GIS, statistical analysis, qualitative methods and experimental design--to explore these themes.

3. Global Indices Team: In recent years the field of international development has been characterized by a reliance on an ever-increasing number of ratings and rankings. These indicators are meant to measure performance across sectors and facilitate comparative analysis. The rankings are often bundled into development indices as a way of aggregating information. The Networked Power and Pathologies project examines the ecosystem of global development indices. Their aim is to map shared dependencies among indices and evaluate how power is created and exercised in the act of scoring.

4. Law4Development: a new team that studies when and how international law can help developing countries to enact effective and sustainable development policies, especially with regard to environment and health. We study international treaties and international organizations to summarize and code texts to be useful for statistical analysis. In general, this team will pursue questions of push-and-pull between international law and developing countries' ability to direct their own social policies.

5. Property Rights and Poverty: a new team that cleans, compiles, and learns from data on individuals' livelihoods in severely impoverished areas, both in the United States and abroad. Projects will focus on housing insecurity, especially on Native American reservations; insecurity in the ability of black South Africans' and Namibians’ ability to own productive agricultural land, as a result of racist apartheid legacies; and the role of money sent home by migrants in helping their family and friends to overcome property rights insecurity, especially in Mexico.

6. Agriculture: Food security and agricultural strengthening initiatives drive economic growth and hunger eradication in the developing world. The agriculture, food, and innovation team looks at how new policies, practices, and technologies are changing the way food is produced and the impacts these changes have on poverty, food security, and the environment. In particular, the team leverages data and impact evaluation studies from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR): a global research partnership founded in 1971 and currently comprising 15 research centers and many hundreds of partner organizations around the world.

7. Training Modules for PAGL: The President’s Award for Global Learning (PAGL) is an initiative of the International Board of Advisors (IBA) which engages with undergraduate students and faculty members across seven regions of the world (Latin America, Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, SouthEast Asia, Europe, etc) to examine real-world challenges and enact workable solutions in a global context. These multidisciplinary teams are made up of diverse, dynamic and driven individuals who are pursuing a host of wide ranging projects relating to expanding international research, social impact and entrepreneurship. The PAGL team will build the research capabilities of these teams and help them develop specific project management, monitoring and evaluation skills which are essential to design and implement successful research projects. Holistically speaking, the topics of these training modules will include proposal writing, international project management, monitoring and evaluation design, and impact assessment. We hope to eventually publish these training modules online so that they are easily accessible to anyone, specifically student researchers, who need guidance on how to conduct research.

8. Communications: manages IPD social media accounts, website, and blog.

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Global Indices
Property Rights and Property
Training Module for PAGL
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