Policy Design Network (PDN)

The Policy Design Network (PDN) aims to bring together researchers, designers, and academics to critically examine, promote, and explore the effect of design on innovation in policy and governance through an international context.

About the Network

About the Network:

Recent global events such as the mass pandemic, food sustainability issues, environmental concerns, and tumultuous political landscapes have led to calls for greater innovation in the interface between governments and their public. Policy Design, a potential solution, is the process of systematically developing effective human-centered policies based on a combination of collaborative approaches, evidence-based criteria, and novel concepts while leveraging design-driven research methods.


Our organizational objectives:

  • AGENDA SET - Seek to examine, develop, and advance the field of Policy Design through research, practice, and pedagogy.
  • PROVIDE RESEARCH – Identify and develop original research in the field of Policy Design via publications, conference activity, and discussion.
  • BUILD COMMUNITY – Develop a network of scholars and professionals devoted to participation in and discussion of the field of Policy Design.
  • COLLABORATE – Work with individuals, educational institutions, governments, and the private sector to develop collaborative activities and events that further the study of Policy Design. 
  • SUPPORT - Provide effective support to help strengthen the overall values and mission of IPPA.


If you are interested in joining PDN please contact Scott Schmidt at




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