Ethics, Safety & Security

The Policy Lab is committed to ethical research practices through recognized standards, as well as building new and innovative solutions where best practices are found insufficient. The Policy Lab’s field researchers are certified in Basic and Advanced Security in the Field by the UN Department for Safety and Security.


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The Policy Lab and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research agree to a Five Year Framework Agreement:


In August, 2011, The Policy Lab and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to serve as a comprehensive framework agreement on collaboration until 2016. In particular, the MOU will guide their future conduct in relation to a shared agenda of research and international cooperation.


The framework agreement notes that the two institutes recognize the mutual benefits to be gained through a cooperative program promoting scholarly research and assistance activities to the UN, its Member States, affiliated organizations, agencies, and other appropriate public and private institutions.


It is further recognized that both Parties share a commitment to the generation of knowledge and its application to policy and practices on inter alia peace and security.


The two institutes have agreed to a three-point framework that includes, but is not limited to:

a) Collaborative development of new projects, programs and initiatives (hereafter, “Activities”) in fulfillment of the recognized shared program of work;


b) Cooperative implementation of these new projects, program and initiatives;


c) Developing a mutually satisfactory, long-term relationship between UNIDIR and The Policy Lab.


During 2012, the institutes plan to work jointly on several projects grouped under the theme of "strategic engagement" — i.e. engagement with communities guided by strategy. In particular, attention will be directed towards:


A) Evidence-based project and program design in post-conflict environments (especially the reintegration of ex-combatants)


B) Cooperative Risk Management as a new approach to strategic engagement around extractive industry conduct in conflict sensitive regions.


The Policy Lab welcomes these opportunities and looks forward to a productive and collaborative relationship with UNIDIR and our respective partners.



On behalf of The Policy Lab,



Dr. Derek B. Miller