PRI Awards 2015–16 | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The resources available through the Urban Program and International Program of the Policy Research Institute (PRI) are an important asset to the LBJ School. The Urban Program provides funding for research projects on public policy issues of metropolitan areas, regionalism and inter-governmental relations in the U.S. and abroad. The International Program provides funding for research that will enhance understanding of issues in the international arena. These competitive awards are designed to support research by tenured and tenure track faculty and are expected to enhance the LBJ School’s visibility in academic and policy communities.

While not substituting for major external research grants, these 15-month PRI awards assist faculty to conduct research while also continuing their full-time teaching load. Funds allow for travel, research expenses, research assistant support and partial summer salary. Recipients are expected to discuss their PRI research outcomes from 2014–15 cycle at one of two workshops that are scheduled in the Faculty and Ph.D. Colloquium Series: Thursday, April 2 and Thursday, April 23, 12:15–1:45 p.m.


  • Professor Angela Evans, “Knowledge Exchange Processes and Mechanisms”
  • Dr. Varun Rai, “Identifying and Addressing Information Gaps in Energy”
  • Dr. Paul von Hippel, “How Large Is Summer Learning Loss? A Replication in the ECLS-K:2011”
  • Dr. Robert Wilson, “Metropolitan Economies and Governance: A Cross Country Study”


  • Dr. Joshua Busby, “Domestic and International Challenges of Sectoral Climate Change Initiatives”
  • Dr. Josh Eisenman, “Red China’s Green Revolution”
  • Dr. Alan Kuperman, “The Secret History of U.S. Intervention in Liberia”
  • Dr. Lorinc Redei, “The EU's Invisible Diplomacy: The European Parliament’s External Action in the Lead-Up to the Ukraine Crisis”
  • Dr. Victoria Rodriguez, “Women in Politics in the Americas”