Research That Matters

Both domestically and globally, research by NYU Wagner faculty examines issues of public importance with an eye to making a difference.

With the dropdown below, you can access current projects sorted by subject area.

Adaptable Transportation Models for the New York Region

Mitchell L. Moss , Director, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning

Funding for two proposed symposia involving regional transportation executives and technology leaders to discuss near and emerging technological advances to be used in transportation over the next two decades.

AIG Research Fund

Jonathan J. Morduch , Professor of Public Policy and Economics

The purpose of the AIG Research Fund is to strengthen research at NYU Wagner on extending banking and insurance markets to poor and under-served markets and to support leading researchers in translating evidence into action through support of the Financial Access Initiative. The current study investigates how health insurance can affect the quality care available to poor households. This will include a quantitative review of the experience of insured and non-insured individuals while seeking treatment for a specific aliment.

Campaign for Public Service

Paul Light , Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service

This Project is designed to help opinion leaders and policy experts explore the connection between public service excellence and successful implementation of action on urgent problems such as banking reform, economic recovery, climate change, homeland security, humanitarian aid, and educational achievement.

Capturing Suburban Residents' Willingness-to-Pay for Street Parking Based on Discrete Choice Experiment

Zhan Guo , Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Transportation Policy

Research to investigate a prevalent but somewhat puzzling phenomenon in the transportation and land use systems in the U.S.: the mandate of street parking through the minimum street width standard in low-density neighborhoods in the presence of spacious garages and driveways.

Casey Foundation funded project at Brookings

Paul Light , Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service

Century Ideas for Affordable Housing in New York City

Ingrid Gould Ellen , Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning

Collection of Perishable Hurricane Sandy Data on Weather-Related Damage to the Civil Infrastructure System

Rae Zimmerman , Professor of Planning and Public Administration

A collaborative rapid project by the University of Washington, Seattle (lead), Louisiana State University and New York University to identify and obtain data on weather and selected infrastructure systems in the New York area in connection iwth damages from Hurricane Sandy.

DoTank

Beth Noveck , Director, GovLab

To develop a multi-school, multi-disciplinary network of students, faculty and professionals working to design and implement ways of using technology for citizen engagement.

ECHO Endocrine Project

John Billings , Professor of Health Policy and Public Service

Financial Access Initiative

Jonathan J. Morduch , Professor of Public Policy and Economics

The Financial Access Initiative (FAI) is a consortium of researchers at NYU, Yale, Harvard and IPA focused on finding answers to how financial sectors can better meet the needs of poor households. Financial access holds the promise to help low-income individuals in developing countries manage their economic lives and build wealth. The Initiative aims to provide rigorous research on the impacts of financial access and on innovative ways to improve access.

Health in Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC): TEE for Collaborative Learning

Karen Grépin , Assistant Professot of Global Health Policy

Health, Environmental, and Development Policy in Ghana

Karen Grépin , Assistant Professot of Global Health Policy

IGERT:Information Security and Privacy: An Interdisciplinary Research and Education Program

Rae Zimmerman , Director / Professor of Planning and Public Administration

This project is working to establish a cadre of technologists and scientists who can integrate technical, legal, financial, and psychological aspects into practical solutions that people can depend on. The new paradigm in security education that we advocate is one where a student is rigorously prepared in multiple disciplines that relate to information security. A graduate from the INSPIRE program will be able to translate the foundational principles of security and privacy into information technologies based on a deep understanding of social, economic, behavioral and public policy implications and requirements.

Improving Decision Making Tools for Resilience

Ingrid Gould Ellen , Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning

Integration Research Initiative (integration 2.0)

Ingrid Gould Ellen , Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning

Intersection of Operations and Policy

Natalie Privett , Assistant Professor of Management and Policy

Issue Advocacy Lab

Erica Gabrielle Foldy , Faculty Co-Director / Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management

The goal of Issue Advocacy Lab (Advocacy Lab for short) is to create a course providing students with the opportunity to engage in real-time organizing and advocacy on behalf of a particular issue campaign -- a robust form of service learning. Along with reading about how to engage in social change efforts, students would actually contribute to a particular campaign, through activities that could include background research on the issue and the contextual landscape, developing strategy, conducting outreach such as doorknocking and web-based approaches, and organizing community meetings or educational events. These activities would take place in the context of a course in which students would also engage in more traditional pedagogical activities, including readings, case studies, outside speakers and written assignments. While the core of Advocacy Lab will be classroom learning, the experience outside the classroom is the central innovation of the course, adding a novel component to Wagner’s already existing clinical curriculum.

JFEW Fellowship

Ellen Schall , Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management

Jewish Foundation for Education of Women supports and funds students in the Dual Degree Program in Nonporfit Management and Jewish Studies at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (Wagner School). The JFEW Fellowship at NYU Wagner helps the Dual degree students gain essential skill, experiences, and contacts; at the same time, it would enable JFEW to nurture and prepare future leaders.

Mandell L. Berman Jewish Policy Archive

, Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration

The goal of the The Mandell L. Berman Jewish Policy Archive (JPA) is to collect and make available online, free of charge, original research and related materials on Jewish life in North America in order to inform policy decisions in the Jewish community. JPA will help scholars, students, lay leaders, foundations, practitioners, and researchers. It will also create a platform for discussion about the major policy questions facing Jewish life in North America.

Mandell L. Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Ellen Schall , Dean / Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management

Made possible in part by the Revson Foundation, the goal of the The Mandell L. Berman Jewish Policy Archive (JPA) is to collect and make available online, free of charge, original research and related materials on Jewish life in North America in order to inform policy decisions in the Jewish community. JPA will help scholars, students, lay leaders, foundations, practitioners, and researchers. It will also create a platform for discussion about the major policy questions facing Jewish life in North America.

Opening Government

Beth Noveck , Visiting Professor

NYU Wagner is hosting a multidisciplinary group of thinkers and doers funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to explore the possibility of creating a Research Network on “Opening Government.” This“pre-network” group will analyze the potential impact of technology on democratic institutions—specifically, how we can use technology to create more collaborative ways of governing to tackle the world’s hardest problems.

For more information, visit Wagner Governance Lab.

OrgPedia

Beth Noveck , Visiting Professor

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the OrgPedia project is developing a free, not-for-profit online directory of data about domestic and international, public and private companies.

OrgPedia will be a comprehensive, open, public data resource and analytic engine for understanding the corporate world. It will collect data about the world’s corporations – who they are, who owns them, who they own, and how and where they operate. It will provide a website, search engine and analytic tools for regulators, researchers, and many others, including corporations themselves, to use this data both to look up information about individual corporations, and also to research interrelationships between companies and industries.

Designed by a consortium of leading technology experts at Rensselaer Polytechnic, MIT, New York Law School and NYU, OrgPedia will be a powerful tool to study the corporate world. It will enable government regulatory agencies to use data about regulated entities more effectively, and will allow researchers in or out of government to import OrgPedia data and analytic tools into their own websites and use OrgPedia to do new analyses and build new applications.

Preparing Emerging Leaders in Transportation Innovation

Mitchell L. Moss , Director, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning

Proposal to improve mobility and increase the region's competitive position with its global counterports by infusing local transportation organizations and leaders with new ideas and information that will foster innovative approaches to the New York Region's aging transporation infrastructure through 3 full-day workshops featuring transportation executives, technology experts and management professionals.

Public-Private Collaboration for Social Problem Solving: A Comparative Perspective

Sonia M. Ospina , Professor of Public Policy

The goal of this grant is to develop a joint course that advances interdisciplinary work between the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Stern School of Business, with Masters’ students and faculty from both schools working in collaboration and learning experientially through the lens of the latest evidence-based knowledge to solve urgent social problems in a variety of international contexts.

Public-Private Collaboration for Social Problem Solving: A Comparative Perspective

Sonia M. Ospina , Associate Professor of Public Policy

The goal of this grant is to develop a joint course that advances interdisciplinary work between the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Stern School of Business, with Masters students and faculty from both schools working in collaboration and learning experientially through the lens of the latest evidence-based knowledge to solve urgent social problems in a variety of international contexts.

SC2 National Resource Network Consortium

, Professor of Practice

The U.S. Department of Housing Preservation and Development has announced that a consortium including NYU Wagner Innovation Labs will serve as the first National Resource Network Administrator under the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative. The SC2 Network, funded with HUD technical assistance resources, will provide communities with targeted technical assistance to help support locally identified priorities for economic growth and job creation. In addition to NYU Wagner Innovation Labs, the consortium includes Public Financial Management, Enterprise Community Partners, HR & A Advisors, and the International City/County Management Association.

Skill-Building and Industry Development through Migration

Natasha Iskander , Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Investigation into the relationship between the tacit skill of migrants considered low-skilled and processes of economic development. The moving question is to understand how migrants reveal, develop and deploy their skills in an industry context, and how the institutional frameworks that govern their participation in industry labor markets, in the various national settings implicated in the migration process, support or undermine their ability to make contributions to positive economic transformation.

Suburban Poverty, Public Transit, Economic Opportunities and Social Mobility

Rae Zimmerman , Professor of Planning and Public Administration

Research will combine both case-based, statistical analysis and GIS approaches to focus on promoting livable and sustainable communities through quality of life improvements and diverse transportation development as well as securing transportation systems and improving planning for and response to extreme events.

The Impact of School Food Policy on Childhood Obesity

Amy Ellen Schwartz , Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics

This research project seeks to examines the impact of school‐level food policies, one of the most promising approaches to influence obesity based on Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as other critical outcome measures. Data on district policies, school practices, and neighborhood context will be gathered via distribution of surveys city-wide to schools, interviews with district personnel, and several school case studies. As other school districts and state and federal policymakers struggle with policy approaches to influence childhood obesity, these results will indicate which policies are successful and worth pursuing.

US Financial Diaries

Jonathan J. Morduch , Professor of Public Policy and Economics

The purpose of the U.S. Financial Diaries is to record the financial behavior of 300 families. Recordings will be taken from four cities (India, Bangladesh and South Africa). Throughout the course of 15 months, biweekly interviews will be conducted and published in a series of reports. This will be accessible to the general public. This study looks at how low-income Americans are managing their financial lives.