Social Science

At its core, the multidisciplinary field of Social Science is about people — their individual and collective behaviors and the societies they create. The disciplines in this field seek to deepen our understanding of how people behave in a wide variety of contexts and to assess the consequences of 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.

  • 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?

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.

Featured Research

Robert Allen

Re-Counting the Past

Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History Robert Allen is leading a massive data collection project that will help tell the largely untold story of Middle East economic history.

News Highlights

John O'Brien

Author Spotlight

Enthnographer John O'Brien writes a compelling portrait of Muslim American teenage boys.

Ghana, West Africa

Policy Influencers

NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are helping to inform policy and improve lives in developing African nations such as Congo, Ghana, and Uganda.

Experts Test Game Theory On World's Top Tennis Players

Testing Game Theory

Experts test Nash's game theory on the world's top tennis players with surprising results.