The Center on Conflict and Development (ConDev) and The Bush School of Government and Public Service—both based at Texas A&M University—leverage their mutual resources to conduct research related to conflict and development around the world and share results with key decision makers. The resulting ‘Capstone Projects’ provide teams of graduate students with the opportunity to work for real-world organizations during their final semester of study. ConDev offers additional conflict-related coursework at Texas A&M as well.


DR Congo: Supporting Entrepreneurship in a Region of Conflict, Limited Connectivity, and Conservation Concern: A Case Study in Beni, North Kivu, DRC


Spring 2018


Europe: Refugee Crisis

Spring 2017

Dr. Ren Mu’s capstone analyzed how the implementation of certain policies could affect the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. These capstone students presented their findings to USAID and Chemonics in DC, as well as to ConDev personnel in College Station, Texas.

Greece: Perceptions and Attitudes of Greek Students towards Refugees

Spring 2017

Dr. Silva Hamie’s capstone group examined the attitudes and perceptions of the Greek host community toward refugees. While many in Europe today subscribe to the prevailing narrative portraying refugees as an economic threat and a challenge to European culture, many Greek students opposed these ideas.

Nepal: Conflict, Earthquakes, and Schools

Spring 2016

Under the guidance of Dr. Ren Mu, Bush School Capstone students conducted two empirical studies of the impact of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

Jordan: NGOs and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Spring 2016

A team of students from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, with faculty member Silva Hamie, traveled to Jordan to examine the extent to which NGOs in Jordan are instrumental in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis. This ConDev-funded capstone project addresses the NGOs’ response to the refugee crisis in Jordan amid criticism that the humanitarian response has been poor and uncoordinated (Guterres, 2015).

Ghana: Youth Unemployment

Spring 2015

A student-led research project supervised by Bush School faculty member Dr. Ren Mu in partnership with the World Bank, this analysis uses the Ghana Living Standards Survey to examine the effects of individual, household and community characteristics on various youth labor outcomes in Ghana. The study finds that some of the greatest issues among the youth labor force are related to education, community infrastructure and a pervasive gender gap.

Benin: Information and Democratic Accountability

Spring 2015

Student researchers from the Bush School conducted a large-scale field experiment concerning the 2015 elections in Benin. Their examination focused on determining which types of information and delivery mechanisms have the greatest impact on electoral accountability.

DRC: North Kivu Malnutrition

Spring 2014

ConDev partnered with The Bush School of Government and Public Service to conduct research on malnutrition in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This project laid the foundation for long-term cooperation between the Bush School, ConDev and institutions in the DRC and other fragile and conflict-affected nations.