Nov 21 to Nov 23, 2022

The End of Globalization? 

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

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.

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For more information, contact Heitor Pellegrina or Jordan Norris

April 12, 2020

Democracy and War*

This workshop will look at the relationship between civil war violence and democracy. The subject bridges current research in international relations and comparative politics. 

April 1, 2020

Migration Industries and Infrastructures Actors, Networks, and Systems of Cross‐Border Movement in North America and Asia*

What can we learn by comparing migration flows in North America and Asia? While the business of migration is booming, it takes on different configurations across the globe. This workshop will bring together experts on North American and intra-Asian migration to explore how insights from the migration canon speak to new sending and receiving country contexts in Asia and the Gulf, and in how these new insights, in turn, enrich the broader migration scholarship. 

April 1, 2020

Pilot Workshop on Academia and Advocacy/Activism*

Can an academic, especially a social scientist, be neutral? Is objectivity an academic myth? Should academics separate moral judgments and political views from the classroom? Isn’t social change a part of what academia is about, especially in the social sciences? Shouldn’t our research aim to influence policy? Is the curriculum important if it is not relevant to bringing about change on the ground?

Mar 22 to Mar 24, 2020

Common and Uncommon: What is Comparative Political Theory?*

The conference will focus on the methodological that comparative political theorists have been grappling with, namely, how to understand the idea of comparison. What does it mean exactly to compare concepts? How do we know or decide that certain concepts are ‘equivalent’? Does it matter whether the contexts in which concepts are developed and used are very different? Can concepts be compared not only across space but also across time? 

Mar 13 to Mar 15, 2020

Markets, Connections and Economic design: Theory and Experiments*

This conference aims to bring together both micro-theorists and experimentalists working on the aforementioned issues, and to foster a conversation between two groups of researchers whose contributions are certainly not mutually exclusive. The conference will be inclusive rather than exclusive, and for this reason the topics listed in the title are broad enough to encompass a wide range of contributions.

Jan 19 to Jan 20, 2020

Politics of Nuclear Proliferation: Theory and Evidence*

The conference aims to bring together prominent scholars from around the world who study various aspects of nuclear proliferation and prevention, including non‐proliferation and arms control, information and verification, effective use of economic sanctions, and recent developments regarding North Korean nuclear program. 

Closed event: By Invitation Only.

Jan 19 to Jan 21, 2020

Winter Experimental Social Science Institute (WESSI) Workshop

WESSI offers assistance to researchers working with lab, field, lab-in-the-field, and survey experimental methodology. This workshop covers a broad range of substantive topics in the social sciences drawn from economics, political science, and sociology, with a particular focus on issues related to conducting experiments in the Middle East and the surrounding region. The workshop aims to give social science PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior assistant professors the opportunity to present their research designs and works-in-progress, and to receive personal feedback from noted scholars in the field. Mentors also present their own research, giving researchers and students the opportunity to learn from their vast experience.

Hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Interested faculty, researchers, and students can contact

Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2019

Theorizing Social Change Policy, Institutions, Culture

What are the causes and consequences of political-institutional change? What are the mechanisms through which cultures and identities inform these transformations? And how do political agents—experts, policy entrepreneurs, social movement actors—promote and resist change? This workshop brings together a diverse group of comparative-historical sociologists to consider the theoretical and empirical questions of social change. While grappling with these challenging issues, the workshop’s broader aim is to assess the state of current research, identify intellectual gaps, and collectively develop a research agenda.

Hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Interested scholars please contact

*postponed due to COVID-related restrictions