Ed Balleisen on Catalyzing Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research


Ed Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke, has been a part of the Tobin Project since 2006, chairing the Economic Regulation Working Group through two major conferences and coediting Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation.

Founded in 2005, the Tobin Project is an independent, nonprofit research organization motivated by the belief that rigorous scholarship on major, real-world problems can make a profound difference. Its mission is to mobilize, motivate and support a community of scholars across the social sciences and allied fields seeking to deepen our understanding of significant challenges facing the nation over the long term.

Balleisen’s participation in Tobin’s Government & Markets initiative led to the Rethinking Regulation program at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. Rethinking Regulation brings together an interdisciplinary regional network of scholars for collaborative research projects that investigate the effectiveness and public-interestedness of regulation. A forthcoming edited volume studies regulatory responses to major crises.

In its annual update, the Tobin Project featured the Government & Markets work and interviewed Balleisen about how he got started with organizing interdisciplinary scholarship at Duke. Read the articles on pages 6 and 7 of the Tobin Project Update.