Our Research

Research at NYU Abu Dhabi deepens our understanding of the world and ourselves, generates important new knowledge about local history and culture, and facilitates breakthrough discoveries in science and technology.

NYU Abu Dhabi is leading and growing with Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a global center of groundbreaking intellectual and artistic scholarship for the 21st century.

NYU Abu Dhabi faculty come from over 40 countries and are working on nearly every continent to bring about positive change for a globalized society.

The University's unique location makes it an ideal hub for researchers pursuing answers to boundless questions and solutions to complex problems.

Photography by Tarek Al-Ghoussein, arts professor of visual arts, commissioned by Abu Dhabi Festival 2017, part of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation art collection.

Featured Research

Are the Rich More Selfish Than the Poor?

Nikos Nikiforakis, professor of economics, challenges the widespread belief that the rich care less about others, by testing people's willingness to return money that doesn't belong to them.

Social Science

Re-Counting the Past

Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History Robert Allen says to understand economic growth in the Middle East, "we must first find information about it."

Social Science

Security in a Digital World

Microchips are found in any device considered "smart" from computers, to phones, to refrigerators,  to airplanes. Though these ubiquitous wafers of metal and silicon facilitate our daily lives, they are subject to vulnerabilities.


What is Heritage?

On Delma Island, at Liwa oasis, and in the classroom, Robert Partheisus is helping NYU Abu Dhabi students discover UAE heritage — while challenging them to re-think exactly what heritage means.

Arts and Humanities

Drastic Measures

NYU Abu Dhabi is actively contributing to an urgent international research effort to understand how climate change will impact global sea level.

Sophisticated radar systems and GPS equipment placed in the Greenland ice sheet will track its disappearance, says the NYUAD Center for Global Sea Level Change.


Climate Conversation

The arts "have always created stories of the future that help us understand or process it better."

Arts and Humanities

Deep Sea DNA

Arabian Gulf corals could hold the key to climate change survival.


Flood of Concern

Sea level rise is a significant threat to vital transportation networks in coastal cities.


Our Environment and Public Health

Arsenic is all around us in the Earth's crust. A new study links arsenic to fatty liver disease in zebrafish.


Faculty Accolades

Radcliffe Fellow
Chemist Pance Naumov wins the prestigious Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship

Social Research Award
Rachel Brulé, assistant professor of political science, wins a major award for research on inheritage rules in India

Next Einstein Fellow
A great honor for engineer and smart transportation expert Tembine Hamidou

Hindu Prize
Deepak Unnikrishnan's debut novel Temporary People earns international acclaim

Best Professor
Jonardon Ganeri wins the Middle East Education Leadership Award for Best Professor in Philosophy

Inspirational Educator
Engineering faculty Ramesh Jagnnathan is the first from NYUAD to win the Rhodes Trust Inspirational Educator Award

Research Reports