Global Development Research

Implementing solutions for global socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation is a daunting challenge. Through the Pardee Initiative as well as RAND International, students and RAND researchers conduct extensive work in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America. They explore global human development efforts like youth unemployment, migration, the effects of climate change on developing countries, and improving governance.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research and other experiential learning opportunities, students work with faculty mentors to obtain professional skills and tacit knowledge that courses alone cannot convey. Here are a few recent projects and their resulting research.

World Bank staff share their definitions of "A Good Job"

Pardee Initiative Offers Bold Ideas for Global Human Progress

Dozens of faculty, students, and alumni are working together on a range of global development issues affecting Africa and Asia, including resource scarcity, youth unemployment, and food insecurity. The Initiative has also encouraged and promoted student bloggers.

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Ugandan chefs display their creations at the first Superfoods Contest in December 2015

Promoting Traditional Grains in East Africa

Michele Abbott (cohort '14), professor Deborah Cohen, and alum Julius Gatune ('01) worked closely for more than a year on the Pardee Initiative's Traditional Grains project, sponsoring a cooking contest to promote the use of drought-tolerant, nutritious, and native millet and sorghum in Uganda.

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Food-Energy-Water Index Aids Understanding of Human Development

Zhimin Mao (cohort '11), Shira Efron ('11) and Michele Abbott ('14) worked with professors David Groves ('01) and Henry Willis to develop an interactive data index that lets users explore the dominant sources of insecurity in a nation and identify cases where many sources of insecurity are interrelated.

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Faculty Mentors

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