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Public Policy Research Center

What We Do

Boise State University’s Public Policy Research Center (PPRC) is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research center actively engaged in public policy and administration research on a broad range of complex and dynamic issue areas. The Center’s interdisciplinary and collaborative research includes partners throughout the Boise State University campus well as across the region, country and internationally.


  • Conduct non-partisan interdisciplinary research on significant and complex policy issues impacting the Treasure Valley, the State of Idaho, the Intermountain West, and beyond.
  • Provide relevant and necessary public policy and public affairs components to interdisciplinary research efforts across Boise State University.
  • Provide objective research findings for public policy decision making throughout Idaho and beyond.
  • Integrate students and the educational experience into the public policy and public affairs research experience.

Focus Areas

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Natural Hazards and Disaster Policy and Administration

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Environment and Natural Resources Management and Policy

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Emerging Technologies: Nanotechnology, Genomics, and Robotics

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Public Policy Theory and Methods

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Food Systems