Institute Logistics

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and the Sanford School of Public Policy welcome you to this year’s Society of Policy Scientists Annual Institute at Duke University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. The program will take place at the Sanford School of Public Policy’s main building, starting on Thursday, November 17, and ending on Saturday, November 19.


DCID has worked with conference organizers to secure two hotel room blocks for participants. If you plan to use these room blocks, please book quickly as all promotional rates expire after October 18, 2022. Hotel options cover a 2-night stay, from November 17-19.

Courtyard Durham Near Duke University/Downtown

1815 Front Street Durham, North Carolina 27705
8-10 minute drive

A block of rooms has been set up at the Courtyard Durham Downtown at a special rate of $115. The rate includes wi-fi but does not include breakfast. To reserve a room online click the link: Duke Sanford School Group Block. To reserve a room by phone, call the hotel at 919-309-1500 and provide the name: Duke Sanford School Group Block.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Durham

3600 Mt Moriah Rd, Durham, NC 27707
10-15 minute drive

A block of rooms has been set up at the Homewood Suites Durham with a special rate of $149. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and wi-fi. To reserve a room online click the link: Society of Policy Scientists Annual Institute – Homewood Suites. To reserve a room by phone, call the hotel at 919-401-0610 and provide the name: Society of Policy Scientists Annual Institute.

In addition to these options, Durham is home to numerous hotels, including the JB Duke Hotel on Duke University’s campus and the Washington Duke Inn, just across the street.


There are two convenient on-campus parking options for program participants located a 10-minute walk from the main conference venue, the Sanford School of Public Policy. Parking garages are open 24 hours a day.

Science Drive Garage

  • Location: Entrance on Science Drive near JB Duke Hotel. View map.
  • Garage: Pull an entry ticket; before returning to your vehicle, pay at an automated pay station.
  • Rate: $2 per hour; $12 daily maximum.

Bryan Center Garage

  • Location: Adjacent to Bryan Center and near the Chapel. View map.
  • Garage: Equipped with meters that accept cash, credit, and debit. 
  • Rate: $2 per hour.

There are many options to grab a bite on campus and locally.

On-campus dining

Duke campus has a wide variety of cuisines. Offerings also provide options to serve dietary needs such as vegan vegetarian and gluten free. The Brodhead Center is a short 10-minute walk from the Sanford School and has a variety of cuisine options. Click here for a list of dining options and hours.

Local dining

A full list of local dining options may be found here.

Highlights include:

Monuts – 1002 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

A bustling bakery located on Ninth street offers a full breakfast and lunch menu showcasing bold flavor pairings in an updated approach to American breakfast and lunch. Fresh donuts, breads, and pastries are baked fresh daily. Monuts prides itself in utilizing seasonal high-quality ingredients to create handmade masterpieces from scratch.

Triangle Coffee House – 714 Ninth Street Durham, NC 27705

A locally owned small business. Settle down to hangout or study with a specialty coffee or tea in this cozy two-story coffee house.

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles – 530 Foster Street Unit 103 Durham, NC 27701

Dame’s pairings are world-class, comfort food combinations that are truly palette pleasing pairings and offer something for everyone. When you visit Dame’s, you’ll immediately notice the tribute to jazz through the music and art.

Elmo’s Diner – 776 Ninth Street Durham, NC 27705

Elmo’s Diner has been local Durham favorite for more than 20 years. Known for their breakfast and brunch, the diner has received awards for the best breakfast/brunch from INDY Week, Durham Magazine, and the Herald Sun.

The Pit – 321 W Geer Street Durham, NC 27701

Established in 2013, The Pit serves up authentic North Carolina barbecue with classic southern charm. Located in a restored 7-Up bottling plant, The Pit carries over the tradition of authentic barbecue cooking handed down from the sister restaurant in Raleigh.

American Tobacco Campus

Local government and private sector leaders remade the American Tobacco factory (c. 1890), and developed the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Durham Performing Arts Center. With a mix of new and historic places, American Tobacco is home to one of the busiest business parks in the country. Dining options include: Boricua Soul, Nanasteak, Press, and Tobacco Road.