Research with a public purpose
Complex problems require complex solutions.
Our experts collaborate across disciplines to ensure that holistic approaches address deep rooted social inequalities that affect every aspect of human and natural worlds.
Our signature strengths
We take an integrated and holistic approach to development by building bridges within our three signatures strengths:
- Wellbeing and inclusion
- Environmental sustainability
- Food and nutritional security
Learn more about our faculty
Polson Institute for Global Development
Leading applied research in social sciences, engagement and beyond.
The Polson Institute supports social science and academic research and academic collaboration through seminars, workshops, and grants while contributing to educational opportunities for students outside of the classroom.
Student Research Spotlight
Under the mentorship of Rebecca Nelson, Eli Newell '24's work revolves around a growing field of research: circular bionutrient economy. With research partners from New York to Kenya, this work seeks to recycle nutrients from human and agricultural waste into fertilizer, which ultimately reduces pollution, improves sanitation, and promotes food security.