Centers & Initiatives

Innovation—it's essential to how we move the conversation. Our multidisciplinary research centers, initiatives, and projects create unique approaches and solutions to the world's pressing problems.  

Research Centers & Institutes

Financial Access Initiative

What we do: Find solutions to the question: How can we create a better life for low-income households through quality financial services?

Our scope: International

Who we are: A consortium of leading international development economists.

Faculty lead:  Jonathan Morduch 

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Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy

What we do: Understand and solve challenges presented by affordable housing, financing, foreclosures, land use regulation, and neighborhood changes.

Our scope: NYC and urban centers nationwide

Who we are: A joint research center of NYU Wagner and the NYU School of Law.

Faculty lead: Ingrid Gould Ellen

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Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management

What we do: Explore challenges in urban transportation and infrastructure.

Our scope: NYC

Who we are: Thinkers and policymakers from around the world; public, private, and nonprofit partners; and NYU Wagner faculty and graduate students.

Faculty lead: Mitchell Moss

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The Institute for Education & Social Policy

What we do: Identify and tackle critical issues in K-12 education and evaluate local solutions, with the goal of improving education for all children nationwide.

Our scope: National

Who we are: A joint research center of NYU Wagner and NYU Steinhardt, consisting of faculty, scholars, leaders, and institutions in every sector.

Faculty lead: Amy Ellen Schwartz

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John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress

What we do:  Educate the public about how Congress makes policy—its powers, processes, and responsibilities—and deepen understanding among future and current public servants.

Our scope: National

Who we are: NYU-wide faculty and staff, joined by a prestigious group of political leaders and scholars who comprise our advisory group.

Faculty lead: Paul Light

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Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS)

What we do: Develop models for and promote new practices in the world of interrelated, 21st-century urban infrastructure systems.

Our scope: National

Who we are: An interdisciplinary team of researchers working alongside partnering institutions and community groups.

Faculty lead: Rae Zimmerman

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Institute of Human Development & Social Change

What we do: Study the effects of complex social forces—among them globalization, technology, and immigration—on human development.

Our scope: International

Who we are: An interdisciplinary network of faculty members, researchers, and students from across NYU and the Office of the Provost in a joint initiative.

Faculty lead: Patrick Sharkey

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Marron Institute on Cities & the Urban Environment

What we do: Advance solution-oriented research and teaching on how cities can become more livable, sustainable, and equitable.

Our scope: International

Who we are: A university-wide community of scholars and students in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and professional schools.

Faculty lead: Paul Romer 

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Initiatives

Innovation Labs

What we do: Promote informed, evidence-based policymaking for a complex world through a series of experimental labs.

Our scope: National

Who we are: Scholars, thinkers, and practitioners.

Faculty lead: Neil Kleiman

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Leadership in Action at Wagner

What we do: Advance leadership theory, support effective new practices, and serve as a resource for leaders in all sectors.

Our scope: International

Who we are: NYU Wagner scholars and researchers.

Faculty leads: Sonia M. Ospina and Erica Gabrielle Foldy

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Social Innovation & Investment Initiative

What we do: Find innovative entrepreneurial and financial solutions to address pressing social issues.

Our scope: International

Who we are: A consortium of policymakers, philanthropists, finance professionals, researchers, nonprofits, and foundations led by a team of NYU Wagner faculty and graduate students.

Faculty leadScott Taitel

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Special Projects

Impact of the Built Environment on Child Body Mass Index

Faculty Lead: Brian Elbel

NBER Project on the Economics of Food Security, Nutrition, and Health

Faculty Lead: Tatiana Homonoff

NYU University Challenge Research Fund/

Faculty Lead: Erica Foldy

Religion and Civics Project

Faculty Lead:  David Elcott

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The IRB Initiative

Faculty Lead: Jan Blustein

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The Organizational Performance Initiative

Faculty Lead: Paul Light

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The Walter Stafford Project: Inequality in New York City

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