Research & Innovation articles filed under 'Social Science'

  1. NYU Abu Dhabi is a Hub for Social Science Fieldwork

    NYU Abu Dhabi's unique location in the Middle East makes it an ideal headquarters for social scientists conducting field research in dozens of countries to better understand complex global societies, past and present.

  2. Resident Expert: Getting to the root of China's forest policy

    Resident Expert: Getting to the Roots of Chinese Forest Policy

    Competition for raw materials is nothing new, as historian Mark Swislocki knows. He's studying conflicts over forest resources in China's Yunnan province, as far back as the 18th century.

  3. The Conversation: Syria, Children of War & Digital Diplomacy

    Marcel Kurpershoek, senior humanities research fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi, was a Dutch diplomat for over 40 years. Thomas Fletcher, NYUAD visiting professor, served as British ambassador to Lebanon.

  4. US Election 2016

    Resident Expert: US Politics & the Personality Factor

    NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Ramey is writing a book on the role personality traits play in American politics. In his research he looks at how personality influences the way voters choose candidates, and how legislators' personalities influence they way they behave in Congress. We caught up with Professor Ramey to ask him about the upcoming US presidential election on November 8, 2016.

  5. Emirati Diabetics Share Stories for Student Film Project

    Emirati Diabetics Share Stories for Student Film Project

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    Sugar is a short documentary film by Hasan Nabulsi (Class of 2015) that sheds light on the growing diabetes epidemic in the UAE. Focusing on two real life characters, a young woman and older man both from the UAE, the project aims to highlight themes related to health and modernity, nostalgia, fatalism, shame and globalization. The documentary tackles the day-to-day challenges of people with diabetes and their means of coping with the illness.

  6. Crowdseeding in the Congo: Using Cell Phones to Collect Conflict Data

    Crowdseeding in the Congo: Using Cell Phones to Collect Conflict Data

    By Matthew Corcoran

    High-quality information about what happens on the ground during war is difficult to collect. In the attempt to solve this problem, NYUAD Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter van der Windt and Macartan Humphreys of Columbia University have developed a system that uses cell phones to collect real-time data from areas plagued by violence.

  7. Rational, but not too Rational: Hervé Crès on Decision-Making in the Corporation

    Rational, but not too Rational: Hervé Crès on Decision-Making in the Corporation

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    Economics — the theoretical kind, with lots of advanced mathematics — meets sociology and philosophy, as well as political science, in the work of Hervé Crès, dean of social science at NYU Abu Dhabi and a professor of economics.

  8. Political Systems and Civil War

    Political Systems and Civil War

    Over the last half century, the world has learned a great deal about how costly civil wars can be — they devastate economies, take millions of lives, and cause mass displacement. A scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi is studying the politics of civil war and the way in which political institutions mediate social conflict more generally. His findings could hold lessons for many countries around the world struggling with violence and social unrest.

  9. The Unexpected Outcomes of Direct and Indirect Punishment

    The Unexpected Outcomes of Direct and Indirect Punishment

    Individuals who directly confront violators of social norms aren't rewarded by their peers for disciplining the violator, a new study finds. Data also showed that females who littered were nearly five times more likely than were males to be chided for the infraction. These findings result from the first experiment to test the prevalence of direct and indirect punishment in the field, and are part of broader research that seeks to understand how humans cooperate in one-time interactions.

  10. Political Systems and Civil War

    Over the last half century, the world has learned a great deal about how costly civil wars can be — they devastate economies, take millions of lives, and cause mass displacement. A scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi is studying the politics of civil war and the way in which political institutions mediate social conflict more generally. His findings could hold lessons for many countries around the world struggling with violence and social unrest.

  11. Voting-salaam

    Understanding Voting Through Experimentation

    By definition, scientists do experiments. Increasingly, that truism now applies to political scientists, just as it does to chemists or biologists. Rebecca Morton, a professor of Politics at NYU Abu Dhabi, is at the forefront of the development and growing recognition of this new aspect of an old discipline.

  12. Remembering Chile's Past

    Although NYU Abu Dhabi rising senior Nikolai Kozak (NYUAD '15) did not live through the dictatorship of Chile's Augusto Pinochet, the topic is not foreign to him — he grew up watching his father spend a big part of his life helping to free political prisoners in Chile.

  13. House of Tweets: US Congress, Personality, and Social Media

    House of Tweets: US Congress, Personality, and Social Media

    Observers from across the political spectrum agree on one thing: the US Congress is too often victim to polarized partisan gridlock. No doubt these are contentious times in Washington, DC. But how did Congress get this way?

  14. Using Economic Games to Improve Instruction

    Can a teacher's performance on an economic game help researchers to understand how she will perform in the classroom? Petrus Bosa Layarda (NYUAD '15), who is majoring in economics, spent last summer working on a project that aims to answer this question. The project is sponsored by Ras Al Khaimah's Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, and is led by NYUAD Assistant Professor of Economics Chetan Dave.

  15. Analyzing Gender Imbalance in Wikipedia

    Analyzing Gender Imbalance in Wikipedia

    Professor Hannah Brückner is using her experience studying gender and sexual inequality to investigate a relatively new technological phenomenon and field of knowledge — Wikipedia.

  16. SAP-Pakistan

    NYUAD Senior Experiences Working in the Development Field During SAP-Pakistan Internship

    By Neelgoon Safdar, NYUAD Class of 2014

    Summer was approaching and, like my fellow NYU Abu Dhabi juniors, I was eager to secure an internship. Just weeks later I found myself in Lahore, Pakistan, standing in front of the national office of South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP-Pakistan), a civil society organization focused on human rights and committed to solving development issues through village-level empowerment and mobilization. Working in the development field is exactly what I want to do after graduating from NYUAD, so I was excited for the opportunity of a test run!

  17. NYUAD Students Experience Political Science Firsthand in Nepal

    NYUAD Students Experience Political Science Firsthand in Nepal

    Late last month, during NYU Abu Dhabi's spring break, the University's Introduction to Political Science students travelled with Jeff Jensen, NYUAD visiting assistant professor of Political Science, to Kathmandu, Nepal, a country with currently no functioning government. During their two-day study trip, students had the special opportunity to listen to presentations given by experts in the field of politics, including Nepali Times editor Kunda Dixit and professors Anil Chitrakar, Krishna Bhattachan, C.K. Lal, and Makunda Aryal. Chitrakar and Aryal led the members of the class on a tour of Kathmandu, during which they visited Buddhist and Hindu temples, small neighborhoods, and rural villages.

  18. Understanding the Behavioral Forces at Work in Shaping the Macroeconomy

    Understanding the Behavioral Forces at Work in Shaping the Macroeconomy

    As a specialist in macroeconomics and econometrics — the application of mathematics and statistical methods to economic data — NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Economics Chetan Dave enjoys the precision of his discipline. "It is precise about assumptions and their implications, and about what it can and cannot do," he said. "It's a practical study of a very complicated, possibly dismal, constrained reality."

  19. NYUAD Professor Discusses Impact of Arab Revolts on Socotra in Middle East Report

    Drawing attention to the impact of the Arab revolts on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Socotra, NYUAD Assistant Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies Nathalie Peutz's article in the Middle East Report discusses the transformative nature of the Arab Spring on these Yemeni islands, located in what Peutz considers "one of the most far-flung and 'peripheral' regions of the Arab world."

  20. Opening Minds with PJ Henry

    Opening Minds with PJ Henry

    NYUAD Associate Professor of Psychology PJ Henry is challenging preconceived notions about psychology. "Most parts of the world think of Freud and therapy, seeing the field as light and fluffy instead of involving data collection, theory, and research," he said. "Part of my goal here is to disabuse people of these ideas and hammer home that psychology operates under the same methods and ideals as any other science." While part of this takes place in the classroom, Henry is also developing his own research on a cutting-edge new theory that has caught the attention of some of the most important journals in the field of psychology.