23 03, 2018

SPIA’s International Refugee Research Conference: “How can we measure the level of refugee integration in host communities?”

VT’s International Refugee Research Project was prompted by discussions about the refugee crisis of 2015 among the following international partners: the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, Bundeswehr University/Munich, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing Germany, University of Kent, Brussels, and the University of Bucharest, Romania. The [...]

29 11, 2017

Launching the new Virginia Issues and Answers (VIA): A digital discussion providing policy insight for state and local decision-making.

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Virginia Issues and Answers (VIA), a digital discussion providing policy insight for state and local decision-making. The new VIA will offer SPIA faculty opportunities to showcase research and to impact policymaking in Virginia and beyond. For over twenty years, Virginia [...]

14 11, 2017

Virginia Tech launches a project on international refugee research

A multi-disciplinary team of VT faculty, alumni and students met on October 26-27 at the Arlington Research Center to report findings of their research on refugees. They were joined by representatives of the policy-making community (USDOS, DHS, and Senate staffers), non-governmental institutions working with refugee populations (Catholic Charities, NOVA Friends [...]

3 11, 2017

Dissatisfied with your daily commute? Help SPIA researchers improve your travel satisfaction

Researchers at the School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech are looking to measure mood and satisfaction from daily travel and activities during trips in order to see the factors behind travel satisfaction, sustainable mode choice, and well-being.

23 10, 2017

McAuliffe announces commonwealth leader cultivation program developed with Virginia Tech

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the opening of applications this week for the first Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) class, a commonwealth initiative developed with Virginia Tech to meet the state’s growing needs for future leaders. From L-R: Deputy Secretary of Finance June Jennings, VMF Program Director Leisha LaRiviere, Governor Terry [...]

9 10, 2017

Tidings and Soundings: Timely, Thoughtful, Scholarship for Practice as provided by Max Stephenson, Jr.

The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG), led by Max Stephenson, Jr., Professor of Public and International Affairs, maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic [...]

9 10, 2017

Broadening the mind, exploring new places: Sustainable Policy-Making and Planning in Europe Study abroad affords fantastic opportunities

Advancing environmental, social and economic sustainability is one of the most important challenges, and opportunities, of our time. Given the complex nature of the ‘wicked’ problems we face, persistent uncertainties and competing interests and priorities, there is much that future policy-makers and planners have to grapple with. SPIA’s Sustainable Policy-Making [...]

29 09, 2017

Virginia Tech’s MPA Program Seeks Adjunct Faculty to Teach Public Budgeting, Policy/Program Evaluation, and Public Policy Processes in Alexandria

VT’s nationally-ranked Masters in Public Administration program seeks adjunct faculty to teach courses in Public Budgeting, Policy/Program Evaluation, and Public Policy Processes at the School for Public and International Affairs campus in Alexandria, Va., starting in January 2018. Our classes meet in the evenings since many of our MPA students [...]

26 07, 2017

SPIA Leadership Program Impacts State Facility: Leads to Mentoring Collaboration

Tiffany Absher, April Alford, Dee Anne Brooks, Denny Brooms, Amanda Craig, Barbara Edwards, Oscar Flores, Charlene Guynn, Danyale Lundy, Matt Miller, Melissa Nester, Rebecca Nester, Don Newberry, Katie Newman, Rebecca Oakes, Lisa Patton, Thomas Smith, Crystal Vaughan, Corey Williams, and Kelly Williams. A spring morning in Hillsville, VA found a [...]