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The Lindquist Policy Research Group

The Lindquist Policy Research Group – LPRG – is a hands-on research community in the School of Public Service focused broadly on the intersection between policy and science and technology. Our research “laboratory” is an incubator for the collaborative interdisciplinary relationships necessary to address today’s most complex and dynamic policy issues and challenges, from climate change, to automation and artificial intelligence, Big Data, and the use of science in decision- and policy making. The LPRG asks questions about how to leverage basic scientific research for better informed policy decisions, greater stakeholder engagement, and forward looking policy development at local, regional and national and international scales.


Projects and Initiatives

Current Research Projects

The Group  currently has research projects funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Idaho Space Grant Consortium, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and the Idaho Department of Lands.

Current Initiatives

  • VIP education/research program on Big Data in the Public Sector
  • Curriculum development in the new SPS Urban Studies program. Dr. Lindquist will be teaching URBAN 200 in the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters and developing upper division courses.

Data Ethics and Policy Lab

To explore the connection between ethics and Big Data in public sector decision making.

Participants will engage with faculty and graduate students from the School of Public Service in weekly reviews and discussion based on assigned readings and participation on Big Data research efforts, scholarship design and implementation, and through engagement with Computer Science and Engineering faculty.