Research programs are the heart of what we do. In July 2016, we established our first program on “Environment & Natural Resource Governance,” followed by programs on “Cybersecurity and Internet Governance” (January 2017), “Data Management and Information Governance” (November 2017), “Political Economy Program” (formerly PELIO, January 2018), “Commons Governance” (August 2020), and the "Program in Food and Agrarian Systems" (June 2023). Additional research areas for new programs include space governance, 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.