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Social Science Hub

NYU Abu Dhabi's location in the Middle East is ideal for social scientists conducting research from sub-Saharan Africa to India.

NYU Abu Dhabi is Research “Headquarters” For Improving Life in African Communities

Empowering Lives in Ghana

Ghana is battling very high rates of youth unemployment. NYU Abu Dhabi social scientists are conducting research there, aiming to improve life for thousands of people.

Littering Experiment Challenges Popular Theory on Bystander Intervention

Public Littering Experiment

The results of NYU Abu Dhabi research involving public littering has challenged a popular theory on bystander intervention.

Crowdseeding in the Congo: Using Cell Phones to Collect Conflict Data

Crowdseeding in the Congo

High quality information about what happens on the ground during war is difficult to collect. In the attempt to solve this problem, researchers have developed a system that uses cell phones to collect real-time data from areas plagued by violence.

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.

Melina Platas, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NYUAD

Fieldwork is Essential

Melina Platas, assistant professor of political science, spends several months a year conducting research throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Fieldwork, she said, is essential in her line of work to gain first-hand insights about unique social and political processes.

Diplomacy in the Middle East

Experienced scholars Marcel Kurpershoek and Thomas Fletcher discuss the war in Syria, ways to provide education to children displaced by war, and the role that digital diplomacy can play in the future.

Resident Expert: UN-NATO Cooperation in Afghanistan

Afghanistan at a Crossroads

Daniel Karell, sociology professor, studies political sociology and post-conflict dynamics in places like Afghanistan and North Africa.

US Election 2016

Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, professor of political science at UAE University and the chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences, chats with Adam Ramey, professor of political science at NYU Abu Dhabi, about the 2016 US election.

Before Phones & Facebook: How Did Grassroots Political Causes Go Global?

Grassroots Politics

Before phones and Facebook, how did grassroots political causes gain traction? Professor Peter Stamatov is trying to answer that question.

In the News

NYU Abu Dhabi Social Science faculty are frequently featured in local and international news media.

The pursuit of happiness is backed by science – happy people are more productive
There are proven links between happiness and achievement in schools and workplaces, writes Tom Fletcher
The National | February 11, 2018

NYUAD graduate selected as 2019 Schwarzman Scholar
NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2015 graduate Mandy Tan has been chosen as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar and will go on to pursue the Master’s programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing, starting in August 2018.
Emirates News Agency | December 06, 2017

Welcome to Umbrella Town
Economic historian Robert Allen of New York University warns that China's loss of its competitive edge could see it follow the US and Britain on the path to de-industrialisation.
BBC World Service | November 30, 2017

American corporations need a wake-up call
The emerging middle class in China, India and across African countries will soon dwarf the U.S. total consumption, yet U.S. multinational corporations seem to be missing out on the opportunity to tap into this market.
The Hill | November 29, 2017

‘We Are Not Yet Free’: Living in Slavery’s Shadow in Mauritania
The rising prominence of voices like Dah Abeid’s is helping to chip away at any lingering slavery-related stigma the Haratine might feel, says Erin Pettigrew, a professor of history at New York University in Abu Dhabi who has studied social activism in Mauritania.
International Reporting Project | November 07, 2017

Why are Crimean Tatars so hostile to Russia?
An article and study co-written by Leonid Peisakhin, assistant professor of political science.
Washington Post | September 5, 2017

As the US gets more involved with Somalia, beware these fallacies
An article co-written by Michael Harsch, assistant professor of practice.
Washington Post | July 18, 2017

The real issue with secrets and leaks
Classified leaks are devastating America, writes Rahul Sagar, political scientist.
Washington Post | February 27, 2017

Leaks are totally American, it's just easier now
Rahul Sagar, political scientist, says President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress would very much like you to know that they are victims of betrayal.
Wired | February 16, 2017

Where do US candidates stand on foreign policy?
Political expert Adam Ramey answers questions about the US election from CNN's Becky Anderson.
CNN Connect the World

Why fund investors could roil bonds
A working paper by Lucas Siga studies the links between monetary policy and mutual fund flows, and any potential risks to financial stability.
Wall Street Journal | August 7, 2016

UAE labor mobility creates winners and losers
A research paper co-authored by NYUAD economist Yaw Nyarko "reinforces the need to exercise caution with labour market interventions, as they sometimes backfire."
The National | August 20, 2016

Failed states and the paradox of civilisation: New lessons from history
While cases of state failure have risen in the last decade, most notably in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, they are not a new phenomenon, writes economist Pablo Hernandez-Lagos.
Vox | July 26, 2016

NYUAD professor wins Dan David international prize
A video interview with François Bourguignon, global distinguished professor of economics.
Dan David Prize | May 27, 2016

How a startup's burn rate influences its success
Economist Pablo Hernandez-Lagos discusses startup survival and balanced burn rates.
University of Pennsylvania | May 26, 2016