This weekend we honor four groups of students—185 undergraduates, 65 Master Master of Public Policy students, 35 Master of International Development Policy graduates (representing 18 countries!) and 6 Ph.D graduates. Scroll to see all #PubPol2016 submissions - and submit your thoughts and photos
Between baseball and his coursework, Jalen Phillips PPS’16 has a lot on his plate.Phillips, a left-hander who plays first base and outfield for Duke, decided to study public policy to seek solutions to issues of inequality. “I find it interesting that there are pretty large disparities between what the wealthy could afford and what those that did not have much could afford,” the Ocoee, Fla., native said. “I realized that changes through policy … it is the sword that gets things done.”
When Professor Joel Fleishman set out to build a center for the study of public policy at Duke in the early 1970s, he and his colleagues envisioned creating a different kind of school, one where ethics, history and literature informed the science of policy making.
This year, for the first time, Sanford offered a course in Human Centered Design, which is both innovative as a course and teaches the tools of innovation to rethink the policy process. HCD principles are well known in the tech sphere. For example, designers watch people struggle with and then learn how to use a prototype smartphone. Watching people engage with the prototype for the first time gives designers key insights about how to improve the prototype for maximum usability. Public policy should benefit from the same philosophy.
In the next fifteen years, three billion people are expected to join the middle class. This will put incredible pressure on global resources, including food and water. Recently some of the most interesting people in global food policy came to Duke to discuss the matter. Sanford's dean, Kelly Brownell, recorded conversations with some of them.
Sanford student Bahari Harris, who is also pursuing an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, was named the Julian Abele Student of the Year. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, in community service and in campus involvement. Before Sanford, Harris started a nonprofit in Durham, N.C. called Urban Hope.
The world faces profound problems in supplying nutritious food to its growing population, yet few leaders recognize the urgency of the problems, a panel of food policy experts said Wednesday. The panelists gathered at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy to discuss “The Future of Food Policy.” They outlined a series of troubling major trends.
Economist Indermit Gill will take the helm as director of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Oct. 1.
Leading food policy experts will sit down with corporate CEOs on Wednesday, April 27, at Duke University to discuss how government and business can shape solutions to complex challenges such as food safety and security, hunger and obesity.
One of the most vexing issues in politics is how to get more ordinary people to run for office. On this episode of Sanford's podcast, Ways & Means, we explore the idea. Listen:
NPR and ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts got started on her career path early in life.
A group of Duke students has developed an app that would help connect people in Mumbai India's slums with jobs that already exist. (Currently people in the slums pay middlemen for jobs, which are often too far away.) The idea is gaining traction. The students have made it to the global top 10 in the prestigious Hult Prize competition, beating out approximately 25,000 others.