SIPA is home to five centers and institutes that help focus our work in key areas of public policy. They sponsor research, events, and other programming that bring scholars, students, and policymakers together for fascinating dialogue and learning. We are also affiliated with more than a dozen additional centers, many of them devoted to multidisciplinary exploration of specific regions around the world.
One fifth of humanity lives on less than $1.25 per day, and two-fifths on less than $2 per day, with the frequent hunger, chronic health problems, and everyday indignities that such poverty entails. How can the living standards of the poor be raised? The Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP) supports microeconomic research to investigate the sources of poverty and to inform practical interventions to address them.
The Center for Iranian Studies was founded in 1968 and is the foremost academic research center in Iranian studies in the United States. The main focus of its activities is an extensive program of scholarly publications, notably the Encyclopaedia Iranica and the Tabari Translation Series. The Center also sponsors or arranges art exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, and occasional lectures for students, staff and the community.
We are at a transformational moment in energy history: new technologies are unlocking new resources and devising new ways to get energy as climate change impacts are being felt with more frequency and severity. The Center on Global Energy Policy provides independent, balanced, data-driven analysis to help policymakers navigate the complex world of energy. We approach energy as an economic, security, geopolitical, and climate concern. And we draw on the resources of a world-class institution, faculty with real-world experience, and a location in world’s finance and media capital.
The mission of Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies is to promote economic prosperity in India, by improving understanding of the Indian economy through research undertaken by leading scholars, by disseminating this knowledge to practitioners, policymakers, students and scholars worldwide and by sustaining ongoing dialogues on major policy issues facing India. The Center’s research will also include comparative analysis of the experience of India and the United States in policy-relevant areas such as climate change and federalism, so as to provide scholarly support for multilateral and bilateral (US-India) initiatives.
Founded in 1948 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the European Institute at Columbia University is the oldest academic institution in the United States dedicated to the study of Europe. The Institute promotes research and learning on the cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues facing Europe, both inside the region and in a global context. The Institute organizes a wide range of activities during the academic year, including courses, conferences, seminars, and lectures by distinguished academics and policymakers. Housed in Arts & Sciences, the Institute is affiliated with Columbia's professional schools of business, law, journalism, and international and public affairs...
Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglit Arrow Linkz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) in July 2000 to help developing countries explore policy alternatives and enable wider civic participation in economic policymaking. IPD is now a global network of more than 200 leading economists, political scientists, and practitioners from the North and South with diverse backgrounds and views. IPD efforts are intended not only to help countries find solutions to pressing problems but also to strengthen their institutions and civil societies. IPD pursues its objectives through four activities: task forces, country dialogues, the Journalism Workshops program and Journalism Primer, and research.
The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) is the research arm of the social sciences at Columbia University. ISERP organizes a vibrant intellectual community at Columbia through its Faculty Fellows program as well as its workshops, conferences, research centers, and projects. Participation in ISERP spans Columbia's social science departments as well as Barnard College, the Columbia Earth Institute, Columbia Teachers College, and the schools of architecture, business, international and public affairs, law, public health, and social work. The institute promotes both disciplinary and interdisciplinary social science research at Columbia through its seed grants program, research infrastructure, and...
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights promotes interdisciplinary human rights research, education, and training at Columbia and overseas. The Institute convenes faculty, students, grassroots activists, policymakers, private sector actors, and other stakeholders from diverse fields and perspectives to interact and address pressing human rights issues. The Institute is particularly committed to the education and training of emerging human rights leaders worldwide.
Founded in 1959, the Institute of African Studies provides an intellectual forum for Africa-related activities, outside the classroom. It brings speakers and visiting scholars to the campus, organizes conferences, and serves as a resource center for students seeking opportunities to work, study, and travel in Africa. The institute concentrates on sub-Saharan Africa, while North Africa is included in the programs of the Middle East Institute.
The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is the center for Latin America policy development and research at Columbia University. The institute provides its students and faculty with access to the resources of one of the major policy institutions in the world. ILAS also serves as a focal point for a network of Latin American and U.S. scholars engaged in dialogue on a wide range of issues.