Research and Publications

Ford Institute faculty, students and affiliates are actively engaged in research on enduring problems of political violence, economic development and their effects on people and communities.  Our goal is to inform and influence debates among a diverse audience of academics, analysts and policy makers.

Gender Inequality Research Lab at Pitt (GIRL)

Gender Inequality Research Lab at Pitt (GIRL) is a sustainable research forum for scholars and practitioners to collaborate on policy-relevant research questions that impact broader issues of gender equality. GIRL will be launched in November 2017 at a joint University of Pittsburgh and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) workshop called Gender Equality in Public Institutions: Monitoring Global Progress. The workshop will convene scholars and practitioners to discuss and further global monitoring of women’s participation and leadership in public service. Specifically aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 to “promote peaceful, just, and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels,” the workshop will focus on strategies and efforts to measure progress toward proportional representation of women in public institutions. More information on the workshop, agenda and participant biographies, /

Simon Reich Human Security Writing Award

Named in honor of the founding director, Dr. Simon Reich, the Ford Institute initiated the Simon Reich Human Security Writing Award in April 2016. The award is intended to promote high-quality research and writing among GSPIA students in the field of human security. The best student paper on a human security topic was awarded to: 

2016        Tara Devezin (MID '16) for her paper, "Improving Women’s Health in East Africa by Expanding Services and Access."

2017        Cynthia Caul (MID '16) for her paper, "Improving and Diversifying Water Access to Mitigate the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change on Women in Northern Ghana."

2018        Sophia Sanders (MID'18) for her paper, "The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ending Conflict in the East: As analysis of the violence, major players and options for conflict resolution."



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