Research Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives
The Schar School of Policy and Government research centers, institutes, and initiatives focus on issues ranging from international security and commerce to transportation logistics. Each unit is headed by a distinguished Schar School faculty member, who harnesses the resources of the School as well as those of external sponsors to conduct a wide range of projects. From forecasts for the regional economy provided by the Center for Regional Analysis to TRACCC's analysis of corruption and illicit international trade, the Schar School tackles a plethora of real-world challenges. Schar School doctoral students collaborate with faculty and contribute to the centers' research by participating in sponsored projects, sharing their work at research conferences, and publishing articles and reports.
RESEARCH INITIATIVES AT THE SCHAR SCHOOL
The Gender and Policy Initiative
The Virginia Almanac Project
RESEARCH CENTERS AND INSTITUTES AT THE SCHAR SCHOOL
This center, a joint initiative of the College of Science and Schar School of Policy and Government, provides objective analysis of key issues in the energy field that is grounded in original research. It serves as a center of gravity for the many researchers at George Mason whose work engages them with these issues and connects them with decision-makers in the economy, society, and government.
The Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions and Policy (SCIP), directed by Professor Jack A. Goldstone, conducts research on a wide range of global policy issues. Center faculty undertake basic academic research on such topics as foreign trade, democratization and state-building, and transnational networks, and analyze specific policy issues for a variety of government agencies.
CMEPR is a forum for policy-relevant research using micro-economic and micro-econometric methods. Hosted by GMU's Schar School of Policy and Government, CMEPR organizes regular seminars through a series called the "Micro-Economic Policy Seminar" (MEPS).
The George Mason Schar School of Policy and Government's Center for Regional Analysis is the clearinghouse for economic data and forecasts specific to the Washington, D.C. region. Its fiscal analyses, economic indicators, demographic studies, information services, and data products are relied on by business and government executives as they seek to stimulate investment and development and spur enterprise in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland.
The Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government is dedicated to better understanding how public policy shapes scientific discovery and technological innovation. Science and technology are complex social phenomena that arise from the interactions of individuals and organizations, public and private institutions, and markets, cultures, and politics.
Launched in 2014, the Center advances the study and practice of strategic thinking by faculty members, policy professionals and graduate students.
Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP) provides a medical policy focus for the Schar School of Policy and Government and facilitates interdisciplinary and international research and training activities within and outside George Mason University. CSIMPP houses the Schar School's study of evidence based global medical and public health policies.
The Center is devoted to advancing the objective consideration of public-private partnerships for transportation system renewal and expansion through research, education and public service.
The Centers on the Public Service has long been premised on the healthy synergy of theory and practice. The fields of public administration and political science were founded by "pracademics" such as Woodrow Wilson who aspired to achieve the integration of teaching and research with the communities of practice in our field.
Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security
The threats to global security have rarely ever been so great in scope and number—in such a complex, complicated world, intelligence has never been more vital. The Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security at the Schar School for Policy and Government provides for the full examination of intelligence and its interplay with US national security.
Stephen S. Fuller Institute
The Stephen S. Fuller Institute is the premier source for information and analysis of Greater Washington's regional economy.
Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)
The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) is the first center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime and corruption. The center teaches, researches, and formulates policy on these critical issues.