Research programs are the heart of what we do. In 2016, we established our first program: Governance of Natural Resources, directed by economics professor Dean Lueck. In January 2017, we launched the program on Governance of Internet and Cybersecurity, directed by business professor Scott Shackelford. We anticipate the establishment of a program on Political, Economic, and Legal Institutions and Organizations in Fall 2017. We are also planning to establish additional programs: potential research areas include governance of financial organizations, public health, education, and international organizations.
Each research program constitutes in and of itself an attempt to bring different disciplinary perspectives to bear on governance challenges. But the greatest gains come from the synergic interactions between scholars and students working in different research programs. The structure of the Workshop will thus enable us to gain increasing returns from greater scope. In particular, we see major gains in two domains: first, the Workshop's and IU’s reputation will be greatly enhanced, as more scholars from different disciplines have the opportunity to collaborate and produce innovative work; second, synergies across research programs will produce better research and greater policy impact.