Policy Research Seminars

Do You Want to be Part of Bringing Together the Academic and Policy Worlds?

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.

Are You Planning To Attend Academic Conferences This Year?

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 provide 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.

Don’t see a seminar that covers your research area? Complete this general interest form and we will keep you in mind for future seminars.

Upcoming Programs

July 2018 in Chicago, IL

Reforming Our Institutions

This two-day seminar brings together a collection of academic and policy experts to discuss on-going debates about institutional reform on the state-level. Participants will explore new proposals for structural reform to state governments and constitutions, and the effects such proposals might have on political and economic freedom. In addition, the seminar will identify research gaps and foster discussion in order to increase the amount of scholarship surrounding structural reform. This event is co-sponsored with the State Policy Network and will take place in Chicago.

August 2018 in Boston, MA

State and Local Policy Making and Economies

During this half-day seminar, researchers will discuss the current strategies governments employ to promote local economic growth, the effectiveness of these strategies, and alternatives that are both place-based and people-based, as well as the underlying political economy. A keynote and two panels will lead discussions on state and local economic policy, challenges to promoting local/regional growth, and the changes necessary to achieve better outcomes. This seminar precedes APSA in Boston, Massachusetts and is co-sponsored with the Hilton Center at Florida State University.

October 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT

The Effects of Occupational Licensing on the American Worker

During our seminar, researchers, policy experts, and key stakeholders will discuss current research surrounding the effects of occupational licensing and how best to integrate this research with policy reform. A keynote address and two policy panels will explore how occupational licensing affects economic mobility, health care and criminal justice reform here in the United States. This event is co-sponsored with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) and precedes the State Policy Network Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Are You Interested in Attending 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.

See What You Missed from Our Previous Policy Research Seminars

Resolving Competing Uses for Western Resources and Wildlife Habitat
May 16-18, 2018 in Bozeman, MT
Pressing Issues in Public Land Management
April 4-5, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV
The Future of Education
February 28, 2018 in Charleston, SC