The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) produces scholarship stretching beyond boundaries to impact communities, regions, nations and the world. EPPS faculty and students contribute to the latest research in their disciplines.

EPPS is home to four research centers that engage in groundbreaking research on a variety of social science topics. These centers are supported by the UT Dallas Office of Research.


The DFW Federal Statistical Research Data Center (RDC) provides access to a library of restricted-use data to qualified researchers. UT Dallas is a partner in the consortium that supports the RDC, which is located inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The RDC hosts a secure computing environments where researchers with approved projects can use restricted-access versions of important data sets including the Current Population Survey, SIPP, American Community Survey, National Crime Victimization Survey, and a variety of data sets from the US Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, among others. All research using these data must be conducted within this facility. For more information, visit

Kurt Beron, NSF RDC PI and Chair, RDC Consortium Board
Sam Bondurant, DFW RDC Census Administrator – for questions on data or proposals

Institute for Urban Policy Research

The mission of this institute is to improve decision making in the critical areas that influence economic growth and the distribution of income and wealth in regional and sub-regional economies. The center aims to integrate the tools and theories of economics and decision science with those from psychology, sociology, public health and other social sciences in order to better understand the dynamic and spatial structure of the Metroplex. The institute helps Dallas-area businesses, governments and nonprofits identify opportunities for investments, volunteer activities, philanthropic giving and public policies that positively affect the economic condition of neighborhoods and the region. It provides an institution where bankers, investors, real estate brokers, policy makers, students and community leaders can go to seek answers to questions that directly impact local economic development.

Timothy Bray, Director

Texas Schools Project

Texas Schools Project is one of the premier university-based education research institutions in the country. Leading scholars in Texas and throughout the country use the center’s resources to focus on relevant, policy-related questions that affect students in Texas and the nation. Much of the work within the Texas Schools Project relates to teacher quality, English language learners, college preparatory curriculum, and improving transitions to and success in postsecondary education.

Rodney Andrews, Director
Janie Jury | Administrative Services Officer | [email protected] | 972-883-2555

UT Dallas Education Research Center

The University of Texas at Dallas Education Research Center supports independent, high-quality research by providing data access and related services to those conducting studies designed to benefit education in Texas. Established in 2006 as a result of state legislation, the UT Dallas Education Research Center maintains unparalleled individual-level administrative pre-kindergarten to college-level data and workforce data. This allows researchers to study the progress of Texas students throughout their education and into the workforce.

Rodney Andrews, Director
Janie Jury | Administrative Services Officer | [email protected] | 972-883-2555