Research Centers, Institutes and Initiatives

The Korbel School is home to a number of research centers and institutes where students, faculty, practitioners and experts work collaboratively on some of the most pressing issues facing our world. With a diverse portfolio of internal and external funding, research teams at the Korbel School are actively engaged in everything from bilateral country forecasting to global peace and security. Research at the Korbel School is featured in some of the most prestigious international journals, manuscripts and media outlets, as well as referenced by policy leaders and activists around the world.

Our centers and institutes are a critical element of our mission to promote learning by empowering students to advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought and generate knowledge for all. Our active partnerships with organizations and institutions throughout our local and global communities allow us to take coursework out of the classroom and put it into action. Because we're committed to integrating teaching, research and practical problem solving, we offer several ways for students to participate in engaging research projects.


Colorado Wildfire

Environmental Sustainability Initiative

The Korbel School's Environmental Sustainability Initiative seeks to understand and address global environmental change through scholarship, teaching and leadership. We examine the complex and interconnected challenges posed by a changing environment and offer both local and global solutions for a sustainable future. We bring together social sciences, international studies and environmental studies in our research and translate that scholarship into action through transformative teaching, practical discussions, solution-oriented workshops and informed policy applications.

Environmental Sustainability Initiative


Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI)

Hosted by the Korbel School's Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy IGLI initiates research, education, and programming aimed at elevating and amplifying the work that women-identified activists are working at the grassroots level to promote peace, justice, and human rights around the world. IGLI embraces a commitment to nonviolence and feminist principles of leadership. It presents a cutting-edge research program, a speakers series and practitioner-in-residence program and produces the IGLI Summer Institute.

Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative


Civil Discourse Initiative

The goal of the Scrivner Insitute of Public Policy's Civil Discourse Initiative is to contribute to the renewal of our society’s ability to engage in intelligent disagreements and productive dialogue between people who hold opposing views. The Initiative has three programs that span local to global policy issues and debates: the Scrivner Policy Roundtable, the Colorado Policy Forum, and the Denver Dialogues. 


Civil Discourse Initiative

International Career Advancement Program (ICAP)

The International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) aims to increase the quality and diversity of leadership in senior management and policy-making positions in the U.S. in both governmental and private organizations. The program assists highly qualified, mid-career professionals who are committed to diversity and inclusion and helps to prepare them successfully to assume leadership positions in international affairs.

ICAP provides a support network, career advising, mentors, policy and research background and other assistance in order to help professionals from underrepresented groups and those who are strong advocates of diversity and inclusion have a more effective voice, achieve their potential and assume leadership positions in international affairs in the United States, in both the public and the private sectors. 

International Career Advancement Program