Research, Policy & Practice

Research, Policy & Practice

The Keough School strives for a high level of integration among the work of academic researchers, policy experts, and practitioners for the purpose of generating new knowledge and eliciting practical insights and solutions. This dialogic method of inquiry focuses on issues such as systemic poverty, war and other forms of deadly violence, disease, political oppression, corruption, environmental degradation, and other threats to dignity and human flourishing.

Goal 16: Promoting Peaceful, Inclusive Societies through Effective, Accountable Institutions

This working group examines the conditions under which social and political action — from social movements and transnational advocacy networks to community empowerment efforts and citizen consultations — contribute to effective change processes, particularly those related to inclusive and accountable governance.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

Faculty and student researchers examine issues such as democratic governance and state responsiveness; the mobilization of political protest and nonviolent civil resistance movements; the role of transnational norms, institutions, and advocacy in promoting human rights, environmental justice, and political inclusion; and the participation of women, ethnic and religious minorities, migrants, refugees, and other marginalized groups in social change efforts and governance institutions.

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Other potential collaborative research areas of interest at the Keough School include: