• By: Mollie Simon

    You might not think about it, but hundreds of times a day you are sharing little pieces about you through your data. You take an Uber to work, pay for lunch delivery with a PayPal account, browse some potential dates on OkCupid, and post some pictures on Facebook. All along the way, information about you is being shared with these big companies.

  • In September 2017, Fels Policy Research Initiative welcomed Harriet Tregoning for a lunchtime conversation covering Tregoning's varied career working at local, state and federal government. This event was co-sponsored with PennPraxis and Penn Institute for Urban Research

  • Call for Proposals

    This year the Fels Policy Research Initiative will hold one major call for proposals, with $100,000 total available in grants. We will continue to fund policy-relevant research, events, and interdisciplinary collaborations that foster new connections across campus. For examples of previously funded projects, please visit our website.

  • By: Mollie Simon

    On September 6th, the Fels Policy Research Initiative hosted our first graduate student seminar. Ishani Dasgupta, a joint Ph.D. student in South Asian Studies and Anthropology, gave a talk titled “Unheard Voices: What Refugee Communities Can Teach Us”.

  • A peek into how policy-related research is being put into practice in Philly, from Fels Policy Research Initiative’s first conference.

    Read the article here.

  • In April 2017, Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy hosted distinguished academic Per Krusell, visiting scholar with the Economics Department.

  • The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. We are excited to issue a Call for Proposals for two opportunities, Working Groups and Conferences, with funding up to $15,000 for each project. To learn more about past grants awarded, please see the Projects section of our website.

  • Studies of human genetic variation have long discounted the existence of biological human races. In fact, evolutionary biologists and geneticists have found that the variations in human groups is less than is typically seen in most other mammals.

  • The Fels Policy Research Initiative in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania has announced eight collaborative grant recipients. Each will be awarded as much as $15,000 in support of three new working groups and five conferences, designed to further interdisciplinary partnerships.

  • “There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals,” a recent ProPublica article contended, “and it’s biased against blacks.” The software referred to is COMPAS, a risk-assessment program created to evaluate the likelihood of an offender committing a future crime. An analysis by ProPublica found that COMPAS was almost twice as likely to incorrectly flag black defendants as having a high-risk of recidivism.