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Political Economy and Environmental Research (PEER) Initiative

Douglas Noonan
Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
801 West Michigan Street, BS 4073
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: noonand@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-278-2448

   Vladimir Fleurimond
Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
801 West Michigan Street, BS 4084
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: vfleurim@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-274-3791

Xian Liu
Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
801 West Michigan Street, BS 4082
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: xl46@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-274-8709

   Mladenka Sitnikoska
Graduate Assistant
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
801 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: sitnikom@iupui.edu

Project Description

The PEER Initiative seeks to produce peer-reviewed, scholarly research from a political economy perspective with an emphasis on environmental policy topics. Primary activities include career development for promising scholars and publishing peer-reviewed research on governance issues, policy analysis, and economic freedom and well-being.  

Project Objectives

The PEER Initiative begins with two one-year faculty fellowships for visiting assistant professors (VAPs) to cultivate new scholars while also generating new research and teaching within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The goal is to produce peer-reviewed, scholarly research from a political economy perspective with an emphasis on environmental policy topics. The primary audience will be peer-reviewed scientific publications, with broader audiences being the secondary target. Activities will include publishing, securing external support, and career development. Research themes will address governance issues, policy analysis, and the interaction between private, nonprofit, and government actors and institutions. Common threads to develop are spun from public choice economics, decentralization and questions of optimal scale and locus of decision-making, and the political economy of regulation. Employing rigorous empirical methods is a priority. 

Project Funding

The Charles Koch Foundation is generously funding the project.