Inform Policy

At the heart of institutional and societal change are new policies that are adopted by governments and agencies. Policies are the principles and rules that guide decision making and lead to tangible outcomes. Social science researchers and students analyze, create and learn about the impact of policy change and generate research and new knowledge to improve overall societal outcomes.


The American Indian Policy Institute focuses on public policy analysis to support community and economic development in Indian Country.
Center for Applied Behavior Health Policy helps ensure that the behavioral health of community is being addressed in a coordinated and comprehensive way, recognizing the interplay between behavioral health, child welfare, crime and housing.
The Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment aims to be an incubator of novel research on collective action and the commons.
The Center for Organization Research and Design examines organizations, policies and dynamics necessary for building a productive, diverse and stable STEM workforce.
The Center for Policy Informatics leverages technology to solve public problems and design modern governance.
The Center for Race and Democracy is a leading interdisciplinary, problem-solving venture committed to socially embedded scholarship, increasing awareness and informed dialogue involving the topics of race and democracy.
The Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes focuses on the complexities of science and technology through the evaluation of science and social science collaboration, responsible innovation, and ethnics in science and engineering.
The Department of Economics in the W. P. Carey School of Business teaches and conducts research, from public finance to environmental economics and microeconomic theory.
The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication explores communication in everyday life, from families to workplace, and religion to culture.
The Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute for Public Policy promotes research, analysis, collaboration and dialogue to ensure sound water stewardship.
The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics works help citizens, educators and local, national and global communities develop the ethics and institutions to adapt to the world that is increasingly impacted at all scales
The School for the Future of Innovation in Society is planning now for the kinds of futures that we will want to inhabit.
The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership looks outward to humanity and inward to America. Our ambition is to teach critical minds and to puncture complacency.
The School of Politics and Global Studies offers professional training to future decision-makers in government, business and policy entities.
The School of Public Affairs focuses on the future of governance and public policy, developing new solutions and the next generation of leadership.
The study of how borders can both separate and bring people together is fundamental to understanding the human condition.
Only Thunderbird equips students and executives with the skills to lead in the volatile global marketplace.