Research Centers

Leading research for public good.

Our research centers focus on a range of public policy issues, around which faculty members and students collaborate on interdisciplinary policy research.

The majority of our research faculty members are linked to one or more of the several research centers housed at or affiliated with the LBJ School. The centers located in the LBJ School house major research grants that provide student employment as research assistants, further enhancing their research training and experience. LBJ school faculty members either lead or engage with other affiliated centers, all of which provide important platforms for collaborations with an even larger number of centers and institutes that exist across the campus.

Centers Located in the LBJ School

Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) 
Working to answer the pressing social policy questions of the day and improve the wellbeing of vulnerable populations through effective policy research.

Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)
Leading an important and robust dialogue on race relations, civil rights and democracy through interdisciplinary research and scholarship.

Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources (RMC)
Identifying and fostering creative solutions to challenging education, workforce and social problems through applied research, policy analysis and innovative program design.

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service (RGK)
Preparing the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders through graduate education and research.

LBJ Washington Center
A new federal policy and research hub in the nation's capital, the center also provides master’s students the opportunity of working and earning a graduate degree simultaneously through an immersive 18-month program commencing in Austin and ending in Washington, DC.

China Public Policy Center (CPPC)
Making fresh and enduring contributions to the study of China-related policy topics while advancing U.S.-China relations and Texas-China relations.

Affiliated Centers

Center for Politics and Governance (CPG)
Training and influencing leaders who can solve prevailing public problems through the twin arts of politics and policymaking.

Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP)
Seeking to inform the policymaking process with the best scientific and engineering expertise. A joint initiative with UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences.

Energy Institute
Leveraging the expertise of UT Austin faculty members to study critical energy policy questions, and broadening the educational experience of students by creating a community of scholars around energy issues of importance to Texas, the nation and the world.

Population Research Center (PRC)
Providing infrastructure resources and supporting research that moves well beyond the bounds of traditional demography to the cutting edge of population research.

Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law   
A university-wide center supporting policy-relevant research, innovative education, fellowship opportunities and public events, with more than a dozen specific programs ranging from cybersecurity to the influence of water scarcity on conflict in the Middle East.

William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security
Drawing on the best insights of diplomatic and military history to train the next generation of national security leaders.