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The vision for the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) is to be a national leader known for academic rigor, intellectual leadership, stellar evidence-based research, innovative applied instruction, and an inclusive and equitable climate.

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Research Groups

Faculty in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management actively research a wide variety of topics. We are particularly strong in three, which are organized into research groups that support our PhD program:

Students entering the PPPM PhD program must choose a research concentration that aligns with one or more of the PPPM research groups.

Other Research Areas

PPPM faculty members address some of the most critical issues facing our society today. The areas listed below involve several faculty members in PPPM as well as other faculty across the university.

Individual faculty members also conduct research in other areas independently. Learn more on their faculty profiles.

Institute for Policy Research and Engagement

PPPM is the home of the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE, formerly known as the Community Service Center, CSC). For more than 40 years CSC and IPRE have collaborated with partners across the state while involving faculty and students in substantive projects in such areas as community engagement, community resilience, economic development, entrepreneurship and business development, food systems, housing, land use, natural hazards, natural resources management, nonprofit management, and program and policy evaluation.

Learn More about IPRE

Affiliated Research Institutes and Initiatives

The School of Planning, Public Policy and Management is affiliated with the following policy and planning research institutes and initiatives that offer opportunities for internships, research positions, and expertise: