FSI increases support for policy-oriented research


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Stanford students Devorah West and Jessica Miranda talk to refugees in western Ethiopia. The students are working with Stanford scholars and U.N. officials to address issues in refugee camps. Collaborations like that will be supported by FSI's new lab.
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Beth Duff-Brown

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies is creating a lab to support the work of Stanford faculty involved in analyzing and informing international policy implementation.

The lab will support policy-oriented research and teaching while supporting collaborations between faculty and external partners involved in policy development or implementation. It will bridge the analytical work that many professors and students across campus are engaged in with a deeper examination of how policymakers change longstanding practices, sometimes in the face of enormous institutional inertia.

When the lab launches later this year, it will support projects that focus on international policy problems, contribute to a deeper understanding of the policy implementation process, and deepen student learning about those issues.

The lab and its partners will also contribute to an understanding of the unique role universities can play in shaping and implementing policy, and enhance Stanford’s ability to understand and inform the implementation of international policies that address governance, health, and security for people around the world. 

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Gardner, FSI associate director for partnerships and special projects, at egardner@stanford.edu.