ipg houseThe Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

The Institute’s current research and project emphases are concentrated around these policy areas:

Child and Family Social Welfare Policy Group

Governance and Civil Society Group

Public and Community Health Group

Public Policy Data Group


Community Voices

Community Voices seeks to develop community capacity for civic dialogue that generates ideas for positive change, ideas that matter.


Latest News & Events

July 23, 2014

  • The latest VTIPG quarterly newsletter has been posted, Volume 3, Issue 3. Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

July 8, 2014

  • Lyusyena Kirakosyan, VTIPG Senior Project Associate, recently had her article entitled "Affirmative action quotas in Brazilian higher education Analyzing claims and implications" published in the Journal for Multicultural Education, Vol. 8 No. 2.

July 7, 2014

July 3, 2014

  • Coauthors Maya Berinzon and Ryan Briggs (Assistant Professor, Political Science) had their paper entitled "Plus Ça Change: An Examination of Legal Codes in French West Africa" accepted for presentation at the African Studies Association annual conference to be held this November 20-23, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. "The 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association offers a unique opportunity for scholars across diverse fields to critically examine the locations of violence in Africa’s past, present and future, and the creative responses to these forms and sites of violence, including new opportunities for reconstruction."

July 1, 2014

  • Max Stephenson's latest Tidings quarterly reflection has been posted: On the Challenge of Studying the Confluence of Policy and Governance.

    Note to readers: This, the 25th Tidings, is the last that will appear in this way. When I began writing this column the Institute did not publish a quarterly newsletter, nor did I write a weekly Soundings commentary. It appears appropriate now to offer Tidings, which will continue, as the Director’s reflection in our future newsletters. Thank you to all of you who have read these columns during the last several years. I hope you will continue to do so under its new banner. MOS

June 30, 2014

June 26, 2014

  • The 2014-2015 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program's Request for Proposals is available online, and proposals are being accepted now through September 10, 2014.

    The Kauffman Foundation will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $15,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

    Please click here for more information.

June 23, 2014

  • Dont miss this: on Thursday, July 10, author Andrea Brunais will be available at the Inn at Virginia Tech Drillfield Room from 11:00am-2:00pm for a book signing of her recently published "Mercedes Wore Black."
  • Max Stephenson's latest Soundings commentary has been posted: “Democracy” comes to Myanmar: Discrimination, Mass Imprisonment and Death. Thank you for reading and enjoy!

June 16, 2014

  • Max Stephenson's latest Soundings commentary has been posted: Democratic Truisms. Thank you for reading and enjoy!

June 12, 2014

  • Jackie Pontious (MURP) has recently been hired to join the Corporate Development team at Community Housing Partners (CHP) as their Communications Coordinator. CHP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) social enterprise providing community development services in the southeastern United State. Chp's mission is to create affordable, green, sustainable housing opportunities and services for the people and communities they serve. Jackie will be responsible for the creation, implementation and coordination of company-wide marketing and outreach efforts designed to expand awareness and support for CHP's programs.

June 9, 2014

June 6, 2014

  • Congratulations to Sabith Khan (PGG), who was one of just six doctoral students selected to participate in the Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program to take place June 7 - July 1, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Under the direction of Dr. Peter Frumkin, students participate in an intensive four week seminar that culminates in the completion of a publishable paper that is ready to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

June 2, 2014

May 29, 2014

May 15, 2014

  • Lyusyena Kirakosyan's essay entitled "Exploring Strategies for Citizen-driven Civic Creativity in Small Communities: The Challenge and Potential of Civic Creativity" has now been published in the International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies. Several Community Voices speakers have shared their ideas and experiences associated with the opportunities and challenges of building healthy and resilient communities, which Lyusyena discusses in her article.

May 12, 2014

May 8, 2014

May 6, 2014

  • On Monday, May 12, Nina V. Salmon (ASPECT) will defend her dissertation, "Paved with Good IntenOons: A Dance along the Path to Racial Unity in the Episcopal Church." Good luck Nina!

May 6, 2014

  • Suzanne Lo (VTIPG Research Project Associate) is being recognized among a group of 21 Virginia Tech women who have successfully completed the university's 2013-14 Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program. Congratulations Suzanne! [please click here for the full story, featured today on Virginia Tech News]
  • Congratulations to Verónica Arroyave, who has recently accepted a position with AbbVie Pharmaceuticals in Chicago. She will take on the role of Director of Corporate Responsibility and AbbVie Foundation. In her role, she will be focusing on philanthropic efforts directed in support of Hep C, oncology, neglected tropical diseases and HIV/ADS programs. She will be responsible for maintaining long standing programs in Africa and building the company's footprint in Latin America (primarily Argentina, Brasil, Colombia & Mexico).

May 5, 2014

May 1, 2014

April 29, 2014

  • Congratulations to Jackie Pontious (MURP), who successfully defended her Master's thesis today, entitled "Exploring the Implications of Community Mural Arts: A Case Analysis of a 'Groundswell' Project." Jackie's committee members include Robert Leonard (Theatre Arts), Ann Kilkelly (Theatre Arts and Women's Studies), Andrew Morikawa (SPIA/VTIPG Fellow), and Max Stephenson as committee chair.

April 28, 2014

April 25, 2014

April 22, 2014

  • Lyusyena Kirakosyan and Max Stephenson recently presented their paper entitled “Exploring Theatre as a Tool for Building Social Peace and Justice” at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) 50th Anniversary Research Conference, April 2, 2014. 

April 21, 2014

April 18, 2014


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