Global Development Research

Through efforts like the Pardee Initiative, Pardee RAND students and RAND researchers conduct extensive work and write about global human development efforts in more than 75 countries around the world. The International Development Speaker Series also provides students with direct connections to leading development practitioners and researchers.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research, 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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