Established in 2006, the Public Policy Center, which includes the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (MIPCR), is committed to enhancing the quality of community life throughout Hawai‘i, the mainland, and the Asia-Pacific Region. Through an interdisciplinary, multi-cultural approach to teaching, research, service, and application, future leaders and professionals learn and practice public policy-making, dispute resolution, and peacemaking.
Office: Saunders Hall 723
Tel: (808) 956-4237
Fax: (808) 956-0950
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa, College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center ("PPC") brings together expertise, commitment, and a strong desire to enhance the quality of community life through teaching, research, civic engagement and interdisciplinary work towards the development and analysis of good public policies.
Major Academic Areas
Public Policy, Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, Peace Studies
Public Policy emphasizes the analyses, design and evaluation of policy choices to solve public problems.
Conflict Resolution (facilitation, mediation and negotiation) focuses on workplace interactions, and interpersonal and community relations in a global society.
Peace Studies broadens students’ perspectives and strengthens critical thinking on issues of war, justice, and governance.
Energy Policy. The Policy Center facilitates Hawaii’s Energy Policy Forum and conducts research for energy planning and policy.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies (major in Peace and Conflict Resolution or Public Affairs and Policy Studies), Minor in Peace Studies, Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution
Graduate Certificate in Public Policy is presently not being offered.