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.
Instructor: Professor Silva Hamie
Spring 2020: Dr. Hamie's students will travel to Jordan to examine and evaluate UNICEF's Hajati program and come up with policy recommendations. UNICEF integrated its child cash grant program within a larger package of social protection services. The Hajati Cash program is a cash-transfer program designed to support UNICEF’s larger goal of keeping vulnerable children aged between 6 and 15 in school by offering a protective measure against hazardous economic activities and harmful coping mechanisms like child labor and early marriage. The Hajati program supports formal and informal education of Syrian refugee children as well as vulnerable Jordanian children in Jordan.
Instructor: Professor Silva Hamie
Spring 2019: Dr. Hamie's students traveled to Lebanon to conduct a research program seeking to understand the effects that informal Syrian refugee settlements have had on the Lebanese agricultural economy.
Spring 2018: ConDev partnered with The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Faculty: Dr. Leslie Ruyle
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.