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Welcome to the Institute of Public and International Affairs at The University of Utah, or as most of us know it, simply “IPIA.” Since its creation in 2005, IPIA has made important contributions to the quality of life at The University of Utah and in the State of Utah, the nation, and targeted areas around the globe.

You will find information in Research about faculty research projects that IPIA helped support, and thus I will not list all of them here. I cannot resist mentioning a few, however. IPIA has helped support faculty research initiatives that have resulted in grants for important studies including; Family Health Histories and Retirement Planning, Urban/Rural Disparities in Health and Mortality in China, Urban Land Expansion in China: A Study of Suzhou City, and The Impact of Migration on the Family and Intergenerational Solidarity in Rural Cambodia.

Funding for research projects has been received from sources such as the National Institute of Health, National Institute on Aging, Doha Institute for Family Studies, Russell Sage Foundation, and National Science Foundation.

IPIA has also been active in supporting international graduate education in the fields of public policy and administration in China and the United Arab Emirates.

IPIA’s future lies where public policy, politics, and governance intersect in Utah, the United States, and around the world. IPIA’s value to The University of Utah, the state, nation and world depends on how well we build our credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of scholars and the public. I hope that all of this is as exciting for you as it is for us.

-J. Steven Ott