“EPPS research centers play a central role in the school's mission
to conduct cutting edge research, while providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to collaborate with faculty on important research topics.”
― Dr. Tom Brunell
The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences is home to eight research centers that engage in groundbreaking research on a variety of social science topics. These centers, supported by the UT Dallas Office of Research, are a critical part of our strategy to move UT Dallas forward to Tier 1 status.
The Center brings together faculty and graduate students to develop and oversee a fascinating variety of experimental research focused on human behavior in economic settings. Though most economists look at aggregates, such as markets, experimental economic research studies individual behavior that may differ from the behavior of aggregates. The center features a newly designed, state-of-the-science laboratory with more than 30 computers and reconfigurable spaces for face-to-face research. The center also hosts seminars and workshops with leading national and international experimentalists in the social and behavioral sciences. The mission of the center is to significantly advance knowledge and understanding of the choices that people make in settings involving markets, negotiation, and trade-and-production relationships.
The center coordinates research and educational efforts in the study of global collective action, situations in which two or more countries must coordinate actions to achieve a mutually desirable outcome that cannot be achieved by either country alone. Global collective actions address problems such as curbing ozone shield depletion, standards of financial practices, eradication of diseases, control of greenhouse gas emissions, and elimination of transnational terrorism. The center works to identify mentors, assemble researchers to study these issues, conduct workshops and advance publication of publicly beneficial research on these topics.
Todd Sandler, Director
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The non-partisan Center for the Study of Texas Politics develops opportunities for North Texans to interact with Texas' leading policy-makers while simultaneously enhancing the quality of instruction, research and service that exists in the school. Through the Center's sponsored programs, state leaders are invited to visit UT Dallas to discuss topics of interest with the UT Dallas community, others in the region's educational community, local officials, and community leaders.
The center is also dedicated to further enhancing UT Dallas' position as an institution of higher learning where the study of Texas politics and policy-making is among the best in the state. As such, two full-time graduate fellowships are offered for students interested in the study of Texas politics. These students participate in the center's programs as well as in research and educational opportunities related to Texas' politics and public policy.
At the undergraduate level, the center is dedicated to teaching our brightest young scholars, the McDermott Scholars and the Collegium V Scholars, leadership skills, and an overall appreciation of Texas politics. By introducing academically gifted young scholars to some of Texas' greatest leaders of the day, we foster opportunities for mentoring and inspiration that creates a richer educational experience for our students.
Gregory Thielemann, Director
The Institute of Public Affairs helps Metroplex cities and non-profit organizations examine and solve a variety of current and emerging challenges. The institute focuses its efforts on providing research, consulting and training services to local governments and organizations. It engages graduate students directly with local governments, brings together policy leaders to find solutions to shared problems, and enables the University to contribute its expertise to efforts aimed at solving important area-wide problems.
Robert Taylor, Director
The mission of this institute is to improve decision making in the critical areas that influence economic growth and the distribution of income and wealth in regional and sub-regional economies. The center aims to integrate the tools and theories of economics and decision science with those from psychology, sociology, public health and other social sciences in order to better understand the dynamic and spatial structure of the Metroplex. The institute helps Dallas-area businesses, governments and nonprofits identify opportunities for investments, volunteer activities, philanthropic giving and public policies that positively affect the economic condition of neighborhoods and the region. It provides an institution where bankers, investors, real estate brokers, policy makers, students and community leaders can go to seek answers to questions that directly impact local economic development.
Timothy Bray, Director
People negotiate every day, with business partners, representatives of firms and governments, and with family members. Scholars study negotiation from multiple disciplines, including economics (bargaining theory), political science, public affairs and policy (international and governmental bargaining), psychology (negotiation processes), law (mediation/arbitration and pretrial bargaining) and business (negotiation between firms and between firms and customers). UT Dallas' Negotiations Center is focused on promoting research that crosses the boundaries of these disciplines. It sponsors a regular seminar series featuring world-class scholars, offers executive education sessions and other courses and hosts conferences that involve multiple disciplines and real-world issues. The center's goal is to bring together scholars from different disciplines who study related topics and use the collected insights to inform negotiation practice through education and outreach.
Texas Schools Project is one of the premier university-based education research institutions in the country. Leading scholars in Texas and throughout the country use the center's resources to focus on relevant, policy-related questions that affect students in Texas and the nation. Much of the work within the Texas Schools Project relates to teacher quality, English language learners, college preparatory curriculum, and improving transitions to and success in postsecondary education.
The University of Texas at Dallas Education Research Center supports independent, high-quality research by providing data access and related services to those conducting studies designed to benefit education in Texas. Established in 2006 as a result of state legislation, the UT Dallas Education Research Center maintains unparalleled individual-level administrative pre-kindergarten to college-level data and workforce data. This allows researchers to study the progress of Texas students throughout their education and into the workforce.