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Manifesting, Measuring, and Mitigating Climate Change

It’s April, another Earth Day has arrived, with another alarming report on the state of our climate and our planet. In March, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that humans must cut greenhouse gas emissions almost in half by 2030 or face catastrophic effects of global warming. 

While many scientists, including those at Northwestern, are examining the processes of climate change, IPR researchers are approaching climate change from an equally important perspective, that of the social sciences. Their questions tackle deep-seated social and political issues, such as: How does climate change affect how people live, in the U.S. and across the globe? How does it widen inequities among people?

Distinguished Public Policy Lecture

Yale's Jennifer Richeson to Discuss the 'Mythology of Racial Progress'

Jennifer Richeson, the Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Perception & Communication Lab at Yale University, will deliver IPR's 2023 Spring Distinguished Public Policy Lecture on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. CT. She will discuss how the mythology of racial progress shapes beliefs about, and solutions for, racial inequality. 

Research News


Survey: Is the CDC Missing the Mark on Vaccination Rates?

In the 100th COVID States Project survey, IPR political scientist James Druckman and his colleagues show that the CDC might be overestimating how many Americans are vaccinated for COVID-19.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty investigates educators' beliefs about students' socioeconomic backgrounds, ideal family size during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of father involvement on their sons' testosterone production. 

Closed for School, Closed for Democracy

A new book by IPR social policy expert Sally Nuamah examines links between school closings and democratic disillusionment in Black and Brown communities. 

Faculty Insights

"The SNAP Program is really well-designed. It's effective and efficient, and it does a tremendous amount of good. Generally, proposals to change it usually are going to make it worse."
Working Papers

IPR has 65 working papers in its series for 2022 and 2023, covering topics such as why growth may slow in the face of technological improvements, the benefits of a strong versus weaker savings commitment device, and the upside to West Virginia v. EPA when combatting climate change. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website. You can sign up to receive notification of our working papers here.
IPR Working Papers

All IPR events are being held in person this quarter. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

May 1: "Modern Meta-Analysis"
Elizabeth Tipton (IPR/Statistics)

May 5: Chicago Area Social and Political Behavior Workshop (CAB)
organized by James Druckman (IPR/Political Science) featuring talks by Tasha Philpot (University of Texas at Austin), Jon Rogowski (University of Chicago), Alexandra Filindra (University of Illinois Chicago), and Traci Burch (Northwestern University)

May 8: "What Impacts Can We Expect From School Spending Policy? Evidence from Evaluations in the U.S."
Kirabo Jackson (IPR/SESP/Econ)

May 15: "The Racial Disparity in Adverse Birth Outcomes: Putting the Spotlight on Structural Racism"
James Collins, Jr. (Feinberg)

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