Social Science

The disciplines in Social Science seek to deepen our understanding of how people behave in a wide variety of contexts and to assess the consequences of an individual, group, and societal decisions. Collectively, Social Science seeks to explain and investigate the functioning of society and address the vast array of pressing contemporary issues that affect individual and societal well-being.

The breadth of research in Social Science at NYU Abu Dhabi uses data to help historians, economists, NGOs, and governments better understand human behavior — and improve people’s lives.
  • How does our broader environment affect how we develop as individuals and behave collectively in our communities?
  • Why do our societies look the way they do, and why do they differ?
  • What drives pervasive inequality within and across regions, and what policies and institutions affect this?

A new world is unfolding before our eyes and at a remarkably dramatic pace in the wider region, rendering our presence in Abu Dhabi all the more meaningful.

Dean of Social Science Hervé Crès

Social Science Faculty News Highlights

Featured Research

Research Videos

A potential explanation for hung juries
Rebecca Morton

Your career path may be influenced by your gender
Ernesto Reuben

Are the rich more selfish than the poor?
Nikos Nikiforakis

Social Science Faculty in the Media

2019 Books of the Year include Kevin O’Rourke’s A Short History of Brexit
Kevin O'Rourke | Prospect | December 7, 2019

The NYUAD professor mapping the birth of modern India through rare publications
Rahul Sagar | The National | December 09, 2019

New research in US reveals anti-Muslim bias towards Syrian refugees
Melina Platas | The National | November 03, 2019

Exploitation and Profiteering: Palestinians Forced to Pay a Fortune to Work in Israel
Wifag Adnan | Haaretz | October 23, 2019

Uganda hailed for allowing open discussion on people's grievances
Melina Platas | The Independent | October 18, 2019

Survey shows religious and gender bias against Syrian refugees
An analysis of US public views on Syrian refugees reveals religious, gender and age biases.
Nature Asia | October 15, 2019

The alternatives to privatization and nationalization
Robert Allen | The Economist | September 12, 2019

How to find a good restaurant? Economists can help
Romain Gauriot | Times Live South Africa | August 16, 2019

Outrage in Pakistan over abuse of child domestic workers
Saba Karim Khan | The Guardian | August 13, 2019


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