UNC Charlotte's Public Policy Program
is an interdisciplinary program that draws faculty from multiple departments across three colleges to research collaboratively with our PhD students to address complex problems facing society. The intellectual focus of the program is on conducting theoretically informed, basic and applied research to seek evidence-based, practical solutions to challenging policy issues. We study policy development, implementation, and evaluation in multiple specialty areas including social and economic policy, development and sustainability policy, particularly in urban environments, and issues of justice and security in local, state, national, and international contexts. We seek to understand individual and institutional factors that shape decision-making within the broader policy process, including issues of representation and the role of the public.