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Global Research

Research focused on solving global problems.

Our Perspective, Our Scholars

Northwestern University is dedicated to collaborating with the best organizations and scholars in the world to advance cutting-edge research and help solve our most intractable global problems.

Science is a global pursuit; it must allow people to come and go across different cultures from different countries.”

Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, PhD, Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry and Winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

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Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Northwestern Buffett, which received a $100 million gift from Roberta Buffett Elliott in 2015, addresses critical global issues through collaborative research, public dialogue and engaged scholarship. Programs and groups focus on issues as diverse as human rights, migration, global health, technology, peace and conflict.

Global Poverty Research Lab

The Global Poverty Research Lab at the Kellogg School of Business aims to use empirical evidence and interdisciplinary engagement to understand drivers, consequences and solutions to poverty issues around the world.

Featured Centers and Institutes

Northwestern centers, institutes and academic programs are focused on global issues. Explore some of them here.

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Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health

The Feinberg School of Medicine’s Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health unifies two growing and successful entities at Northwestern, the Global Health Initiative Fund and the Center for Global Health. The Institute for Global Health works to expand knowledge, capacity and equity in global health through transdisciplinary research and education partnerships.

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Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability & Energy

The work of the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, which spans a wide range of disciplines and schools, seeks to advance global sustainability and energy solutions. The Trienens Institute supports centers, offers undergraduate and graduate courses and study abroad opportunities related to sustainability and energy.

Trienens Institute for Sustainability & Energy