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Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
1112 Allen Building
4350 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-4350

ISTPP's Mission

The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary public policy research institute. The Institute builds research teams from various academic disciplines and examines pressing and complex issues related to science and technology to help inform difficult public policy questions. ISTPP examines how science and technology are framed and communicated to decision makers and the public and the circumstances under which that science and technology information becomes a meaningful part of the policy process. ISTPP then communicates its research-based findings to the public and decision makers. Furthermore, by including select students in its research activities, ISTPP enhances the education of future policy makers and faculty.


Interdisciplinary Research Focus Areas

The Institute conducts basic and applied interdisciplinary research in four substantive areas:

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Emerging Technologies and Public Policy
  • Infrastructure, Built Environment and Public Policy
  • Health and Health Policy


Research Expertise

ISTPP provides expertise in conducting the following types of research:

  • Surveys of the public about their attitudes, risk perceptions and preferred policies
  • Conducts focus groups
  • In-depth interviews of stakeholders about their communication patterns, decision processes and risk profiles
  • Analysis of existing policy and regulatory processes related to policy options

External Funding

The Institute has been conducting interdisciplinary research for over a decade. To date, ISTPP has attracted over $15.9 million in competitive funding from federal and state agencies for over 21 research projects. The value added by ISTPP researchers extends beyond the Institute and the Bush School to other departments across campus and throughout the University system.

Crosscutting Research - Climate Change, Energy and Water Policy

With support from over $4.5 million in competitive grants, the Institute furthers understanding of the increasingly important area of climate change policy. ISTPP has conducted six federally funded climate change projects with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Institute has recently completed a national energy policy survey and a national water policy survey.

Partnering on Research across the United States and Abroad

ISTPP has collaborated with over 200 researchers from the Texas A&M University System and other U.S. universities on research proposals, funded projects, and scholarship. This includes having worked with at least 36 departments and numerous research centers, institutes, and programs.


Communicating Research Findings

The Institute disseminates research findings based on its projects and surveys to both academics and practitioners through scholarly publications and conferences, as well as presentations to both government agencies and practitioners. MIT Press published a book by ISTPP researchers that has been beneficial to both policymakers and academics. In addition, ISTPP researchers have produced over 65 published scholarly articles, 27 published book chapters, 10 dissertations and master's theses, and numerous reports and conference presentations.


Training Future Policy Makers

ISTPP offers research experience opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to augment their training as future decision and policy makers. Students work with faculty, research scientists, and practitioners on ISTPP's interdisciplinary research projects and proposals. More than 50 Bush School students, as well as students from across Texas A&M University and other U.S. and international universities, have worked and trained at the Institute.


Training Future Faculty

ISTPP employs doctoral students and post-doctoral research associates each year who contribute to ongoing research projects at the Institute. Over 26 students planning to pursue academic careers have worked on ISTPP projects. They are able to collaborate with scholars and policymakers on interdisciplinary projects, gaining valuable experience that will further their academic careers as future university faculty.

ISTPP News

Dr. Xinsheng Liu Receives PESCA Funding on Digital Divide and Health Disparities

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ISTPP Welcomes New Research Fellow

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Dr. Liu and Dr. Vedlitz Publish in Governance

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Dr. Xinsheng Liu Participates in International Symposium on Governance

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ISTPP Researchers Switzer and Vedlitz Publish in Environment & Behavior

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Dr. Portney and Dr. Bullock Present ISTPP Research about Nexus at National Conference

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ISTPP’s Hannibal Presents Research at American Sociological Association Conference

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ISTPP’s Hannibal, Liu, and Vedlitz Publish in Environmental Sociology

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Portney Appointed New Director of Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

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ISTPP Welcomes New Research Fellows

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Photos of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy and it's research areas of Environment Policy, Technology Policy, Infrastructure Policy, and Health Poilcy

Contact

(979) 862-8855
bushschoolistpp@tamu.edu

Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
1112 Allen Building
4350 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-4350

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