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 Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab

What we do: Help health organizations evaluate initiatives that seek to improve health outcomes and healthcare delivery practices.

Our scope: New York State

Who we are: A community of scholars joined by the public sector, communities, healthcare organizations, foundations, and nonprofits.

Faculty lead: James Knickman

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John Brademas Center of New York University

What we do: Pursue a collection of initiatives in the areas—the state of Congress and the legislative process in democracies; the shifting dynamics in foreign policy and international affairs; and, the present state and future prospects for higher education, the humanities, arts and culture—which formed the core of John Brademas' life in public service.

Our scope: National / International

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: Tim Naftali

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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: Stimulate research and influence social policy on children, youth, families, and communities in the context of a rapidly changing social world. 

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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The Marron Institute of Urban Management

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: Angela Hawken

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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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Advice, Money, Results: Rethinking International Support for Managing Public Finance

Faculty Lead: Paul Smoke

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NYC 2025

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