• VT MURP Students Participate in Park(ing) Day 2019 in Crystal City, Arlington

VTMURP Students Support Park(ing) Day Tradition

For those unfamiliar, Park(ing) Day can be understood as "the gateway drug for urban transformation," according to John Bela, and urbanist and one of the founders of Park(ing) Day. Park(ing) Day is an [...]

Mehrzad Boroujerdi Named Director of Virginia Tech’s SPIA

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, an internationally recognized expert on Iran and Middle Eastern politics, has been appointed director of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Boroujerdi comes to [...]

SPIA Workshop : The Beloved Community ‘Dream Reset’ Richmond Gathering

The School of Public and International Affairs is pleased to announce a workshop developed through the efforts of the Beloved Community Initiative (BCI). The Beloved Community ‘Dream Reset’ Richmond Gathering is a three-day event hosted in partnership with Virginia Union University and will be held at various locations in Richmond, Virginia, starting on December 3, 2017, and closing on December 5, 2017.

Archived News

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

March 23rd, 2018|Archived|

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 [...]

SPIA Course Announcements

December 6th, 2017|Archived|

SPIA is thrilled to announce some of our courses which will be available in the Winter and Spring semesters. SPIA 4984: Small Cities, Resilience, and Global Change GIA 5264: Global Conflicts, Local Impacts SPIA 5624: Decision-making in a Complex Environment SPIA 5164: Building Participation and Engagement in Volunteer Based Organizations [...]

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

November 29th, 2017|Archived|

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 [...]

Virginia Tech launches a project on international refugee research

November 14th, 2017|Archived|

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 [...]

McAuliffe announces commonwealth leader cultivation program developed with Virginia Tech

October 23rd, 2017|Archived|

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 [...]

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

October 9th, 2017|Archived|

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 [...]

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

October 9th, 2017|Archived|

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 [...]

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

September 29th, 2017|Archived|

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 [...]

SPIA Leadership Program Impacts State Facility: Leads to Mentoring Collaboration

July 26th, 2017|Archived|

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 [...]

Financial Resilience: Virginia and Beyond

March 22nd, 2017|Archived|

Public schools. Police and fire services. Trash pickup. Water and sewer. Road construction and maintenance. Many of the services we associate with government—and which are basic to our everyday quality of life—are delivered at the local and state level. But state and local governments today are struggling to provide these [...]

Addressing the state of America’s trust in government

March 21st, 2017|Archived|

This year’s Ridenour Conference and High Table Celebration will address the central theme of “Faith in the System: Restoring Trust in Government in a Time of Complex Governing Challenges.” The two-day event will include a line-up of influential speakers and feature discussion panels led by faculty from the School of [...]

Ridenour Conference will shed light on America’s trust in government leaders

March 16th, 2017|Archived|

Do you trust the government and its institutions? According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ trust in their political leaders is at a historic low. However, at a time when conversations abound about fake news, potential foreign interference in U.S. elections, government hacking of private citizens’ personal information, confrontations [...]

Collaboration as Big Data Ethics

September 19th, 2016|Archived|

An NSF funded workshop organized by Susan Sterett of CPAP and Kelly Joyce, a sociologist of science at Drexel University, will invite conversations about thorny questions like these during a two-day discussion of data analytics.

MPA students in Richmond’s Center for Public Administration and Policy

August 9th, 2016|Archived|

Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) students interacted with subject matter experts during the Summer 2016 “Personnel Processes and Their Policy Implications” course. Strategic human resource management concepts merged with practical application via the guest lecture series organized by Professor Leisha LaRiviere. Sharing in-depth analysis and experience in human resource topics, lecturers included: [...]

UAP Recognized with Prestigious 2014 CIDER Award

April 13th, 2015|Archived|

Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) Associate Professor and Co-Chair Diane L. Zahm, AICP, with UAP’s 2014 Exemplary Department or Program Award, presented by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) at the January 29 CIDER awards program in Blacksburg. (Photo courtesy of Ralph Hall) The Urban Affairs and [...]

UAP Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

October 10th, 2014|Archived|

Dr. Steve Hankey’s dissertation research described cyclists' and pedestrians' exposure to particulate air pollution using measurements from a mobile, bicycle-based sampling platform. Dr. David Bieri’s research and teaching interests are at the intersection of public finance and economic geography and his research examines spatial features of credit flows and local economic development,

CPAP Welcomes Two New Faculty

October 1st, 2014|Archived|

Dr. Sara Jordan studies the application of research ethics to policies and programs pertinent to Big Data governance and oversight, and ethics in public affairs. Dr. Susan Sterett is a scholar of in law and social welfare, feminist theory, and sociolegal studies and disaster.