The Pell Center conducts and popularizes research across a broad sweep of domestic and international issues. Projects at the Pell Center are not intended to stay in the academy; rather they are, to borrow from Pell's credo, to generate ideas that can be translated into action to help people.

International Relations

In the 21st century, the challenges to U.S. security are complex. The combination of rising powers, new technology, and a changing environment presents novel challenges to policy makers. The Pell Center conducts and supports research to understand these challenges, raise public awareness of them, and to develop practical sustainable solutions.

  • Cyber Leadership

    "Leadership in a Cyber Age" is an initiative intended to help prepare America's institutional leaders for the complexities of operating in an area of cyber threat. Ongoing research seeks to identify and investigate key issues in leadership development across society, and to recommend improvements so that the United States, as a society, is prepared for the threats of the modern world.

  • Global Challenges

    The big questions in public policy today are too often viewed from just one national perspective.  Yet, many of the challenges facing the United States today are not unique to this country. The Pell Center Project on Global Challenges examines difficult public issues from an international perspective.  Through studies and events, we will explore issues in healthcare, education, aging, criminal justice and more in order to understand how other modern, industrial societies deal with the same critical challenges. In understanding the global response to these issues, we may find lessons for American policy makers. At minimum, we’ll deepen the understanding of our shared human experience.

Public Policy

The public policy issues facing the United States, and, more specifically, the people of Rhode Island, are countless. The Pell Center, building off the strengths of a distinguished Salve Regina faculty, conducts research and supports projects intended to have an immediate and enduring impact to benefit the American people through sound analyses, better governance, greater awareness and community engagement.

  • Leadership Matters

    A partnership between the Pell Center and the Public Sector Consortium, "Leadership Matters" seeks to develop public leaders in Rhode Island. Each year, the program provides training to current and rising leaders by emphasizing advanced management and leadership skills in the workplace. The long-term goal is to provide a center of continuous leadership development that will ensure professional competencies and best practices are continually developed and refreshed.

  • Story in the Public Square

    A partnership between the Pell Center and the Providence Journal, "Story in the Public Square" is a year-round initiative to study and celebrate public storytelling. It features an annual conference, lectures, awards and student contests, as well as original scholarship about public storytelling and how those stories can affect the public debate.