About the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
Founded in 1987, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy is a collective of researchers, educators and outreach professionals at the University of Arizona that explores how different levels of governance — from neighborhoods to nations — influence behavior through laws, regulations, agreements, investments and more.
Our work is a continuation of the Udall family’s public-policy legacy. We conduct research on policy related to water, land and environmental concerns through our Environmental Policy Program and work to strengthen the capacities of Indigenous Peoples for nation building and self-determination via the Native Nations Institute.
The Udall Center is funded by private and government grants and contracts, by the federal Udall Foundation and by the University of Arizona. We use that funding for research, education and service projects aimed at giving people who shape communities the knowledge they need to design and implement policies that protect the environment and improve people's quality of life.
A world in which governance at all levels — from small communities to the sovereign nations of Indigenous Peoples and other nation-states — is rooted in meaningful knowledge and analysis.
Inspired by the public service legacy of the Udall family, we engage in research, education and service to inform policy choices that promote justice, equity, sustainability and well-being for Indigenous Peoples, all people and the environment now and for future generations.