Our commitment to integral human development (IHD) requires that we seek solutions in ways that promote the common good and prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized. It requires that we meet fundamental demands with respect to how policies, practices and processes of development, poverty-alleviation, sustainability, peacebuilding and governance are designed, implemented and evaluated.
The Keough School’s Strategic Plan 2030 sets forth a bold vision of a policy school with a difference, and specifies goals and objectives to be achieved over the next seven years.
Inspired by our mission, the Keough School’s strategic plan sets forth ambitious goals to enhance the global influence of Notre Dame’s policy school through research, teaching, and partnership.
The world today faces multiple challenges to human dignity. Such challenges demand policies and practices shaped by thinking that is systemic, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, ethically informed, and deeply attentive to cultural and historical contexts, including the contributions of faith traditions on normative questions.
This program involves research on climate vulnerability and adaptation, the food–energy–water nexus, land use economics and policy, the differential impact of the environment on gender, racial, ethnic and other groups, the evaluation of social-environmental change and policy interventions, poverty-natural resource linkages, and just and sustainable energy transitions.
This program draws on the integrated perspectives of scholars from different disciplines, prioritizing on-the-ground contexts, the people and communities experiencing hardship, and the intersection of poverty with gender, ethno-racial and other kinds of marginalization.
This program examines local and global threats to democracy and explore how best to build and support effective states, expand political participation, strengthen the rule of law, improve the protection of human and civil rights, and enhance cooperation across national borders.
This program seeks to advance knowledge of the causes of violence, build durable partnerships across ethnic, class, religious, gender, and racial boundaries, and strengthen institutions and social processes such as conflict mediation and peace accord design and implementation to promote justice and peace.
Because contemporary challenges are not bound by the perspective of any one country, language, culture, religion, or discipline, students must learn to address these issues in a holistic way through a wide array of courses, experiential and cross-cultural learning opportunities, and interactions with international scholars, policymakers, and cultural leaders.
Effective, inclusive and respectful partnerships that advance the agency of the most marginalized in the framing, investigation and solving of problems are key to achieving societal impact that aligns with the values of IHD.
Public-facing scholarship and teaching, multi-and interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, collaboration with local and global partners and stakeholders—these are features of the very best global and international affairs schools. The Keough School’s emphasis on the plight and participation of the most vulnerable members of society—a number that has increased markedly in recent years and seems destined to rise even more dramatically in the near to midterm—demands of us an exceptional dedication to rigor and to compassion.