Policy Research Seminars

At IHS, our Policy Research Seminars bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds by connecting liberty-advancing scholars to policy research organizations.  IHS Policy Research Seminars offer graduate students and faculty a unique opportunity to collaborate with public policy experts, and to discuss and shape their research on topics where the classical liberal perspective may be underrepresented.

Our seminars are often attached to academic conferences, spanning a wide range of disciplines, and are held all over the United States.  Not only do our seminars provided a platform for collaboration and networking, but we also provide hotel and travel reimbursement that can offset the costs of attending your favorite academic conference.

Our Faculty Programs team is heavily invested in supporting academics through the advancement of their careers, and fostering opportunities where ideas can influence the political decision-making process.

To inquire about participating, please email Justin Davis at policyresearch@TheIHS.org


Upcoming Programs

Policy Research Seminar at American Political Science Association Annual Meeting
In partnership with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
August 31, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA

The Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University are hosting a Policy Research Seminar prior to the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Featuring David Primo, a Mercatus scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester, the goal of this seminar is to help faculty and advanced graduate students with a political science background learn how they can effect policy change with their academic scholarship. In addition, participants will be provided an overview of Mercatus programs and opportunities. The seminar will begin the evening of August 31st at approximately 5:30 pm near the hotel hosting APSA, and will conclude with a reception ending at approximately 11:00 pm that evening.

We will provide a stipend of $199 for your lodging as well as a travel reimbursement. The travel reimbursement that we provide will help offset the cost of attending APSA.

To inquire about attending, please email Justin Davis at policyresearch@TheIHS.org.


The Law and Economics of Space Policy
In Partnership with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
October 14-15, 2016 in Arlington, VA

Space may be the final frontier, but if we don’t get our policies right, we will never fully realize the potential for space exploration. Too much of the conversation on space policy is guided by a prohibitory, “government-first” mindset. Young liberty-minded scholars have an opportunity to catalyze market-oriented space policies by applying the tools of economics and property rights analysis to the stars.

The seminar will take place October 14th-15th in Arlington, Virginia, with IHS providing travel reimbursements and hotel accommodations for all participants. Panels discussing U.S. and international space regulation will be featured, as well as a workshop addressing gaps in space policy research. Policy Research Seminars are a cost-free opportunity to examine how academic research can impact policy change, while also providing the chance to explore opportunities with the Mercatus Center and IHS. Registration is open to advanced graduate students and faculty.

To inquire about attending, please email Justin Davis at policyresearch@TheIHS.org.


Inquire about Future Programs

If you’re interested in attending one of our Policy Research Seminars but don’t see your research area represented, send a copy of your updated CV and a brief description of your research to Justin Davis at policyresearch@TheIHS.org.

Previous Seminars

Risk Analysis
June 27-28, 2016 in Portland, OR

The Economics of Education
June 17-18, 2016 in Austin, TX

Free Market Environmentalism
April 1-2, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

State and Local Policy
March 12-13, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Financial Markets Regulation
January 5-6, 2016 in San Francisco, CA

FDA Pre-Market Approval and the Future of Innovation
November 19-20, 2015 in New Orleans, LA