Teaching and Research

NYU Abu Dhabi provides extraordinary opportunities for individual exploration and growth, and prepares students to succeed in a truly global world.

Degrees and Programs

Major, minor, or pursue graduate study in sustainability programs.

Sustainability for our students

NYU Abu Dhabi offers 70 courses and various student groups that focuses on sustainability topics.

Find sustainability-related courses.

Find sustainability-related student groups.

Labs and Research Centers

Get involved in programs and research with NYUAD's research centers and labs with a focus on sustainability and stewardship.


Tackling pressing societal issues through fundamental and practical research in innovative and new construction materials.

eARThumanities Research Initiative

Emphasizes the significance of the arts in this wider conversation, while also drawing on the social sciences and the physical sciences and engineering to foster interdisciplinary dialogue. 

Advanced Neuroengineering and Translational Medicine

The Ramadi Lab develops innovative approaches for the modulation of neural activity throughout the body. The lab combine mechanical, electrical, materials, and bio-engineering toolkits towards designing minimally invasive technologies for neuromodulation.

Marine Biology Lab

Uses the Arabian Gulf as a natural laboratory to study coral reef ecology in extreme environments and to understand how these may serve as a model for the possible impacts of future climate change on reefs elsewhere.

Nano and Biomaterials Research Lab

Research is focused on the development of supercritical CO2-based processes to create nanoscale building blocks and their self-assembly into novel materials.

Research Kitchens

The NYUAD Research Kitchens are an initiative of the Arts and Humanities Division.  They are thematic hubs for building communities of researchers across disciplinary boundaries.  The Kitchens seek to provide spaces for new conversations, and to support exploratory, innovative research and creative collaborations. 

S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group

Digitalization and automation of the construction industry coupled with the application of artificial intelligence and the integration of new technologies.

Smart Materials Lab (SML)

The leading team in chemistry research in the UAE, with research output that according to the Nature Index, accounts for an impressive 63 percent in 2015 and 67 percent in 2016 of the total chemistry publications from groups within the country.

Transition Investment Lab (TIL)

A research initiative aiming at positioning NYUAD as the center of excellence for impact finance and ESG research, with special reference to private markets in the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asia (MEASA).

Water Research Center

Promotes innovative research in water desalination, wastewater treatment, environmental policy, and social issues. The center serves as an interdisciplinary innovation hub for water research where scientific knowledge is transformed into practical solutions.