The mission of the Ford Institute for Human Security is to promote effective responses to severe threats faced by individuals and their communities as a result of conflict and deprivation. To that end, the Institute conducts research on the causes and consequences of political violence and economic underdevelopment, and works to advance the idea that governments have a sovereign responsibility to protect their people.


The Ford Institute for Human Security

The Ford Institute for Human Security engages in independent and collaborative research on causes of political violence, the effects of conflict on civilians, methods of conflict resolution, and transitions from conflict to stable peace. We make our research findings available through publications, presentations and consultation to national and international policy makers, non-governmental organizations and other interested parties.

The Ford Institute treats human security and national security as mutually reinforcing. The gravest threats to human security arise when governments are unable or unwilling to protect their population from internal and external threats. Governments face their greatest challenges when the lives and livelihoods of the people they govern are threatened.

Human Security at GSPIA

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers a major concentration in human security for degree candidates in International Affairs and International Development. The major adopts a broad definition of human security as the protection of people from large-scale threats to their physical and economic well being. The Ford Institute and the human security major together make GSPIA a leader in research and education concerning the complex security challenges people face in this rapidly changing world.



Thanks to a summer internship and the writing skills of Lindsay Angelo, (MPA ’15), a research assistant with the Ford Institute for Human Security, Bright Kids Uganda has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Diehl Family Foundation.  The grant will be used as “seed money” to fund new programs designed to help Bright Kids become more financially self-sustainable. 


The Pitt campus community is invited to a free sneak peek film screening of the documentary film “Under the Umbrella Tree” on Thurs., Oct. 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Posvar Hall, room 4130.  A question and answer session with Ms. Namusisi, of Entebbe Uganda, will follow each screening.


The Ford Institute for Human Security celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Mon., Sept. 8 by welcoming guest lecturer, founding director Professor Simon Reich.  Since its founding in 2004, the Ford Institute has been led by experts in the field human security including: Dr. Simon Reich, Dr. Taylor Seybolt and Dr. Louis A. Picard.


Ford Institute for Human Security
3930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

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