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.

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.

Analysis and Technical Assistance in Support of Health Reform

Sherry Glied Dean and Professor of Public Service

Analysis and Technical Assistance in Support of Health Reform

Analysis of fund flows for health policy and systems research (HPSR) relevant to low and middle-income countries (LMICs)

Karen Grépin Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy

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.

Casey Foundation funded project at Brookings

Paul Light Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service

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 with damages from Hurricane Sandy.

David Bohnett Public Service Fellowships

Sherry Glied Dean and Professor of Public Service

David Bohnett Public Service Fellowships

DoTank

Beth Noveck Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor

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

Fellowships for Career Development

Sonia M. Ospina Professor of Public Management and Policy

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 Professor of Global Health Policy

Health, Environmental, and Development Policy in Ghana

Karen Grépin Assistant Professor 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 Employment Opportunities with Better Transportation Access

Mitchell L. Moss Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning

Intersection of Operations and Policy

Natalie Privett Assistant Professor of Management and Policy

Issue Advocacy Lab

Erica Gabrielle Foldy 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.

Keystone Fellowship

David Elcott The Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership

The Keystone Fellowship, funded by COJECO (Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations), is a visionary effort to locate, cultivate, and nurture leaders capable of addressing the Jewish future. COJECO is the central coordinating body of the Russian Jewish community of New York that was formed in 2001 to facilitate the successful integration of Russian-speaking Jews into the greater American Jewish community, while preserving our unique cultural heritage. The Keystone Fellowship is a unique partnership bringing the experience and reach of COJECO and the reputation and expertise of the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

Mandell L. Berman Jewish Policy Archive

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.

Medicaid Evaluation and Program Analysis

John Billings Professor of Health Policy and Public Service

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

Sonia M. Ospina Professor of Public Management and 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.

RIPS Type 1: A Meta-Network System Framework for Resilient Analysis and Design of Modern Interdependent Critical Infrast

Rae Zimmerman Professor of Planning and Public Administration

Risk Preferences, Time Preferences, and Willingness to Pay with Mobile Money versus Cash in Bangladesh

Jonathan J. Morduch Professor of Public Policy and Economics

SC2 National Resource Network Consortium

Neil Kleiman Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service

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.

Shrinking the State: Reforming Arm's Length Bodies in an Age of Austerity

Skill-Building and Industry Development through Migration

Natasha Iskander Associate 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.

Support for an Executive Director for the Commonwealth Fund's Council of Economic Advisors

Sherry Glied Dean and Professor of Public Service

The Keystone Fellowship

David Elcott Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership

The Keystone Fellowship, funded by COJECO (Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations), is a visionary effort to locate, cultivate, and nurture leaders capable of addressing the Jewish future. COJECO is the central coordinating body of the Russian Jewish community of New York that was formed in 2001 to facilitate the successful integration of Russian-speaking Jews into the greater American Jewish community, while preserving our unique cultural heritage. The Keystone Fellowship is a unique partnership bringing the experience and reach of COJECO and the reputation and expertise of the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

To Support Moshe Maor as a Visiting Scholar

Sherry Glied Dean and Professor of Public Service

To Support Moshe Maor as a Visiting Scholar

US Financial Diaries Book Project

Jonathan J. Morduch Professor of Public Policy and Economics

US Financial Diaries Book

US Financial Diaries Book Project

Jonathan J. Morduch Professor of Public Policy and Economics

US Financial Diaries Book Project

Using SMS Data to Improve Ebola Models and Estimate Impact of Ebola on Healthcare Seeking Behavior in Liberia

Karen Grépin Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy