Jan 18 to Jan 19, 2024

MESIE Conference 2024

The second installment of the Middle East Spatial and International Economics (MESIE) conference took place on January 18-19, 2024, organized by NYU Abu Dhabi Economics Faculty and supported by the Development, Global Dynamics, Government and Public Policy, and Markets, Organizations, and Development research clusters, as well as CITIES. The event brought in sixteen scholars from around the world, and around the MENA region. The research presented ranged from theoretical to empirical, analyzing important international trade, urban, and policy topics. 

Co-organized by
Barthélémy Bonadio, Assistant Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi
Jordan Norris, Assistant Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi

Jan 15 to Jan 19, 2024

RaMMPS Workshop

Population-based mortality statistics are essential components of an effective public health response to epidemic outbreaks or other crisis situations. The RaMMPS consortium is developing and implementing an innovative mobile-phone-based approach to generate national mortality estimates, including excess mortality, where civil registration is incomplete and face-to-face data collection is interrupted or hindered. The event took place during the week of January 15 and gathered researchers from Bangladesh, Malawi, Mozambique, and Burkina-Faso, as well as leading schools of public health in the UK and the US.

Organized by
Stephane Helleringer, Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYU Abu Dhabi

Jan 11 to Jan 12, 2024

MENA and Asian Political Methodology 2024 Conference

NYU Abu Dhabi is proud to have hosted the 1st Inaugural MENA Meeting and 11th Annual Asian Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology. This conference took place from January 11 to 12, 2023, at NYU Abu Dhabi's Campus Conference Center on beautiful Saadiyat Island.

The event included panel presentations and poster sessions for faculty members and graduate students that will provide ample opportunity for rich interaction and scholarly interchange.

Co-Hosted by
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Social Science Division at NYUAD

Organized by
Aaron Kaufman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi

Jan 10 to Jan 13, 2024


The Social Science Division at NYU-Abu Dhabi invited the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)’s Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) to hold its fourth annual conference week at the New York University Abu Dhabi campus. The events of the conference aimed to provide a better understanding of structural change, productivity, and growth in low- and middle-income countries. Three workshops and two days of plenary sessions were held over the four-day event. The presenters included excellent researchers from all over the world with representation from Universities from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

Co-organized by
Samreen Malik, Associate Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi
Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis, Associate Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi

Nov 6 to Nov 8, 2023

Middle Eastern Universities Development Conference (MEUDC)

One of the biggest challenges of the coming decades will be extending material prosperity to the populations of the Global South. The principle of sustainability is a key element of development that encompasses three interconnected elements: economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. While considerable progress has been made in recent years in improving human development, the issues of climate change, resource scarcity, and environmental degradation present new challenges that threaten to undermine these gains, particularly for the most vulnerable members of society. This conference aims to bring this perspective of understanding development policies and challenges to the forefront. To mark the global climate summit in the UAE (COP28) event in 2023, the conference aims to inaugurate with a focus on Climate Change and its Impacts on the Development of the wider Middle-Eastern Region.

Organized by
Samreen Malik, Associate Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi

May 10 to May 11, 2023

Population Dynamics in India, The World's Most Populous Country

The United Nations estimates that India has become the most populous country in the world, surpassing China. The growth rate of the population of India has however slowed down in recent years. This conference surveyed various aspects of population dynamics that will shape the size and composition of the population of the country in the coming decades, but also the key economic, environmental and societal challenges that it might face, and the links that connect it to other countries in south Asia, the Middle East and beyond.

Organized by
Stephane Helleringer, Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYU Abu Dhabi

April 4, 2023

NYUAD Pandemic Politics Conference

This conference on Pandemic Politics focused on the social and political implications of COVID-19. This event brought together an excellent list of scholars presenting cutting-edge research on the implications of COVID-19 for society and politics, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to learn about some of the latest research in the study of pandemics among social scientists.

Co-organized by
Joan Barcelo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi
Robert Kubinec, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi

Mar 13 to Mar 14, 2023

Inequalities: Research from the 3 NYUs

The first conference that gathered sociologists and demographers from NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai featured research presentations about multiple types of inequalities. Topics included reducing wealth disparities, employment discrimination, class identification, assessing change in occupations’ prestige with machine learning, pay differences by education within occupations, skill and the evolution of jobs, class and race differences in forming families via cohabitation or birth, fertility intentions, text analyses to tap class differences in parenting, marital homogamy and intermarriage, and cohort approaches to causal inference.

Convened by
Paula England, Dean of Social Science, Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYUAD; Professor of Sociology, Silver Professor of Arts and Science, NYU.

February 26, 2023

The Future of Legal Education

The conference focused on the role of the law in promoting peace, reducing inequalities, fostering economic development, and ensuring good governance in the Middle East. The event featured three panels, with the first exploring the political significance of the rule of law and its interaction with other normative systems. The second panel focused on the future of legal education in the region, examining topics such as access to legal professions, the role of lawyers, and the place of women in the field. The final panel looked at how to teach the law in the Middle East, considering interdisciplinary approaches, theoretical and practical approaches, and comparative and global perspectives.

Convened by
The Faculty of Law at the University of Tel Aviv and NYU Abu Dhabi

Scientific responsibility
Tamar Kricheli-Katz (TAU) and Mikhail Xifaras (NYUAD)

Jan 18 to Jan 19, 2023

11th Annual Eurasian Peace Science Conference

A two-day conference focused on international relations and political science. The presentations covered a wide range of topics related to international relations and political science, such as political life cycles, coups, revolution, interstate dispute resolution, fiscal centralization, energy dependence, climate change adaptation, international norms compliance, rebel group survivability, and more. 

Organized by
Muhammet Ali Bas, Associate Professor of Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi

Jan 17 to Jan 19, 2023

NYUAD Networks Conference

A three-day conference focused on economics and social networks. The sessions featured presentations on topics such as information markets, network bottlenecks and market power, measuring relative poverty through peer rankings, and loss aversion and conspicuous consumption in networks. 

Organized by
Sanjeev Goyal, Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi

Nov 21 to Nov 23, 2022

The End of Globalization?

This conference will gather scholars concerned with the successive backlashes on globalization the world economy has experienced over the last decade, from the rise of populism, to the COVID pandemic, and the war in Ukraine. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: the geographic and distributional consequences of globalization, the costs of retrenchment and of disruption of the value chain, the consequences of similar episodes in history, the effects of trade policy on climate change, the impact of sanctions, lessons for policy moving forward, etc.

Co-organized by
Global Dynamics and Development Research Clusters at NYU Abu Dhabi and CEPR