Year in Review: World and Societies

NYU Global TIES for Children leads research to promote learning and development of young refugee children in the Middle East. Sesame Workshop / Ryan Heffernan

It’s difficult to predict what will happen in any given sector, let alone the world, in the next ten years. Here are some of the projects NYU Abu Dhabi has launched, or is involved in, that are looking to make the world a better place.

1. Rough Start

With more people migrating to new countries — sometimes unwillingly — the issue of integrating these newcomers to homogenous societies has become increasingly pertinent. Migrants account for 3.5 percent of the world’s population. NYUAD research is looking at a range of topics on migrant populations including gender inequality, labor migration, and cultural integration.

2. Future Female

As more people move to cities for jobs, how will women balance the need for professional progression with wanting to start families? The onus, says NYU Abu Dhabi Professor Monica Menendez, could be on cities

3. Revisionist History

History has long drawn the fascination of those who subscribe to it and the ire of those who disagree with a certain narrative. Providing materials to illuminate the truth about our past is central to the lives of many. NYU Abu Dhabi’s Akkassah Center for Photography has amassed an impressive collection of photographs from around the region that shed light on the lives of leaders and ordinary people alike.


4. Bring Life to Crisis

Global TIES for Children and NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute will expand its research on child development in the Syrian and Rohingya refugee camps.

5. Balancing the Scales

Compared to men, women reach out to fewer contacts when looking for jobs, which is among many factors contributing to the gender wage gap. Research by NYU Abu Dhabi faculty has shown that bais in the workplace extends to minority groups as well, with migrants workers’ given less weight in their referrals.