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

August 28, 2014

  • Maya Berinzon (VTIPG Research Associate) had her article entitled Copy and Paste: Transplanting International HIV/AIDS Model Laws into African Countries accepted for publication in the winter edition of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, a top-ranked law journal featuring Articles, Case Comments, and student Notes covering a variety of cutting-edge international and comparative law topics.

August 26, 2014

  • Max Stephenson and Lyusyena Kirakosyan had their paper entitled “Investigating the Nexus of Cultural Development, Peacebuilding and ‘Local Ownership:’ The Case of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland,” accepted for presentation at the 10th International Conference of the Arts in Society, to be held July 22-24, 2015 in London, England.

August 25, 2014

August 22, 2014

  • Lindy Cranwell (PGG; Director of International & Graduate Education) had her proposal entitled Breaking Barriers for STEM Study Abroad accepted for presentation at the Region VIII Conference for NAFSA: International Educators, to take place thisNovember 4-7 in Williamsburg, VA. Lindy and colleague Kara Lattimer (Civil & Environmental Engineering) will present on the topic together, discussing what it takes to create and sustain a successful study abroad program for STEM students.

August 18, 2014

August 11, 2014

August 5, 2014

  • Sabith Khan (PGG) recently had his paper proposal, The Fall of Religious Communitarian and the Rise of the Ethical Humanitarian? : A case for re-thinking the ‘identification model’ of philanthropy, accepted for presentation at AMEPPA’s 3rd Global Conference on Public Policy and Administration in the Middle East, December 5 – 6, 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon.

August 4, 2014

  • Max Stephenson's latest Soundings commentary has been posted: On “Tolerance” and Preserving Democratic Possibility.. Thank you for reading and enjoy!
  • Max Stephenson recently presented a paper, “A Comparative Analysis of Efforts to Encourage Participatory Possibility in Three Fields of Development Action,” at the 11th International Society for Third Sector Research conference, held from July 22-25 in Münster, Germany.

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


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quarterly reflection from the Director of IPG, Max Stephenson Jr.

Thriving Places Project

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Patrick in Macedonia

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