Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) is a student-driven research lab that provides mentored opportunities for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on global conflict and peace-building, foreign assistance, poverty alleviation, good governance, economic development, human rights, and more. IPD’s goals are to provide on-campus experiential learning, applied training, and international professional opportunities to UT students. Since 2013, we have supported 900+ student researchers. IPD students have won prestigious fellowships, and alumni have embarked on impressive careers in academia as well as at the World Bank, UN agencies, the US State Department, USAID, global non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and the private sector.

Read our 2022-2023 Annual Report

Every year, the IPD leadership compiles and publishes an annual report to share with students,...

Spring into IPD – IPD Spring Social

Friday, February 23rd -RLP 4.600 (IPD Bullpen) -3-5PM Please join us in the IPD bullpen (RLP...

Get Involved

Applications for Spring 2024 are now OPEN. This application form will close on January 18, 2024.

Interested in finding out more about what IPD Research Assistants do? Check out our IPD FAQs page for more! We’re looking forward to receiving your application.

IPD Events Schedule

Spring 2024

February 23

Spring into IPD Social

3:00 – 5:00 PM


Patton Hall (RLP)
RLP 4.600 (IPD Bullpen)

February 28

Intro to Excel Research Training

5:15 – 6:15 PM


Patton Hall (RLP)
RLP 4.600 (IPD Bullpen)

March 1

The Women’s Empowerment in Nutrition Index (Speaker: Dr. Erin Lentz)

12:15-1:15 PM
March 6 

From IPD to the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) (Speaker: Jill Baggerman)

12:15 – 1:15 PM
March 20

Building Hunger-Free Communities (Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Everett)

12:15-1:15 PM
March 29

The Power of Expertise in International Organizations (Speaker: Dr. Mirko Heinzel)

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Get in Touch

Want to work with us? Have an idea for a project?
Curious about some aspect of the lab? Please reach out or come visit us.

Innovations for Peace and Development 
RLP 4.600
305 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712