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

January 2018 in Philadelphia, PA

Meltzer's Contributions to Monetary Economics and Public Policy

This full-day seminar is co-sponsored with the Meractus Center at George Mason University, immediately preceding the American Economic Association 2018 conference in Philadelphia. The seminar will explore Professor Allan Meltzer’s contributions to academics and public policy. Meltzer was one of the most prominent economists in the 21st century, widely known for his research on the history of the Federal Reserve system and monetary policy. His recent passing affords a moment of reflection on his research and thinking. Featured speakers in academic and policy will highlight the important foundations that Professor Meltzer laid out, and their relevance to current policy changes.

February 2018 in Charleston, SC

The Future of Education

In this seminar, academics and policy experts will discuss how education policy is evolving in the 21st century and what sort of policy changes are necessary to unleash innovation. Topics will include the different and sometimes overlapping roles of government and parents in providing accountability, what systems are necessary to empower parents with the information they need to make wise choices about their children’s education, and the legal and regulatory barriers to innovation in education. Additionally, participants will explore relevant research and gaps that need to be filled in the field.

April 2018 in Las Vegas, NV

Pressing Issues in Public Land Management

This seminar is co-sponsored with the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, and immediately follows the Association of Private Enterprise Education 2018 conference in Las Vegas. The event includes two half-days of panels and keynotes from public land management experts. Seminar participants will discuss relevant research in the areas of wildlife conservation and endangered species, wildfire management, energy development on public lands, national parks, monuments, and forests.

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

Understanding American Liberty and American Interests in the 21st Century
August 30, 2017 in San Francisco, CA
Industries Ripe for Innovation
August 28, 2017 in San Antonio, TX
The Shared Burden of Overcriminalizationzation/
July 7-8, 2017 in Austin, TX