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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.

Our work builds on a foundation of nine institutes and centers of excellence in international research and education.

Global Policy

The Keough School’s Global Policy Initiative coordinates policy-relevant research, teaching, and outreach.


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Integration Lab

The Keough School’s Integration Lab (i-Lab) engages students, faculty, and global partners in collaborative, field-based research on global issues.

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Washington Office

The Keough School’s Washington Office focuses on real-time impact, representing Notre Dame at the epicenter of global engagement.

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Keough School Collaborative Research Areas


  • Addressing global fragility by connecting Keough School faculty and policy professionals with government agencies, including USAID and the Departments of Defense and State, to support the US government’s implementation of the Global Fragility Act of 2019 (GFA).

Recently published Keough School policy papers related to the GFA include:

Principles and Methodologies for Strategic Monitoring in Fragile States

The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act


  • Advancing democratization through peace processes and peace accords by bringing together two established research projects within the Keough School — the Varieties of Democracy project of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Peace Accords Matrix project of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.


  • Promoting transparency in governance by establishing the first-ever Presidential Transition Index—a research program initiated by former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to assess and monitor presidential transitions in real time, and to identify areas of vulnerability that could impact the health of global democracy.




  • Promoting peaceful, inclusive societies through effective, accountable institutions by establishing a Toward Goal 16 working group. This Keough School 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.



A global research institution


The Keough School contributes to and benefits from a vast network of resources across the University of Notre Dame system.

Notre Dame Research supports and encourages innovation in more than twenty core facilities and resources, as well as in a number of key areas of research, including cancer, environmental change, global health, and many more, with faculty finding their homes in one of Notre Dame’s seven colleges or schools.


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