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: Details TBD.
7. Communications: manages IPD social media accounts, website, and blog.