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.
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.
NYUAD Research by the Numbers 2017

Featured Research

Drastic Measures

NASA says 2017 was among the hottest years on record.

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 Greeland ice sheet will track its disappearance, says the NYUAD Center for Global Sea Level Change.


How Smart Cities Can Beat Their Traffic Troubles

Flood of Concern

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


Edward Smith

Deep Sea DNA

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


Sophia Kalantzakos

Climate Conversation

What do the arts and humanities have to do with climate change?

Arts and Humanities

NYU Abu Dhabi Global Distinguished Professor of Economics Robert Allen.

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

Engineer Ozgur Sinanoglu in the Design for Excellence lab at NYU Abu Dhabi.

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.


Rebecca Morton, director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Social Science Experimental Laboratory.

Getting to Know You

NYUAD's Social Science Experimental Lab is one of only a few in the Middle East dedicated to human behavior experiments, explains Rebecca Morton, lab director and professor of political science.

Social Science

Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Dhakira Center for Heritage Robert Parthesius stands in the desert outside Abu Dhabi.

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

How Working Memory Works

Grocery lists. People's names. Directions. How do we remember this stuff?

It's called working memory and it's at the core of everything we do.


Tarek Al-Ghoussein

Artist Spotlight

A significant feature of Tarek Al Ghoussein's work is the merger of landscapes, self-portraiture, and interaction with the spaces he photographs.

Arts and Humanities

People on cell phones

Generation 5G

Could giant cell phone towers soon be relics?


Ghana, West Africa

Policy Influencers

NYU Abu Dhabi research is helping to inform policy and improve lives in developing African nations such as Congo, Ghana, and Uganda.

Social Science

Faculty Accolades

At the Forefront
Hoda Al Khzaimi is the first Emirati female to direct the NYUAD Center for Cybersecurity

Driven by Nature
John Burt, marine biologist, wins the UAE's premier environmental science award

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