PhD students and faculty engage in interdisciplinary research teams that include scientists from a full range of relevant disciplines on pressing policy issues to address the most pressing concerns of the 21st century such as water conflict in a globalized economy, educational reform in the face of shrinking public resources, and the implementation of increasingly contentious technologies such as genetically modified crops, nanotechnology, sustainable rural communities, and renewable energy. 

There are many research opportunities for PhD students at OSU through our Sun GrantSea GrantLand Grant and Space Grant programs and through various research institutes including the Institute for Natural Resources, the Institute for Water and Watersheds, the Rural Studies Programthe Hatfield Marine Science Center, our own Oregon Policy Analysis Laboratory, and many other opportunities.

Public Policy faculty and students have the opportunity to present their research in the Public Policy Research Colloquium each quarter.