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

Latest Research News

NYUAD Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Health – Abu Dhabi

UAE Healthy Future Study

NYUAD has reached a landmark agreement with the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi to better understand the causes of chronic diseases among Emiratis, including diabetes and heart disease.

Rising Seas, Melting Ice

It's a matter of when, not if.  NYU has received a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to determine if the collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica will start in the next few decades or centuries.

Global TIES for Children leads research for a $100 million grant to promote learning and development of young refugee children in the Middle East

Education for Child Refugees

NYUAD's Global TIES for Children initaitive leads research for a $100 million grant to promote learning and development for children displaced by Middle East conflict.

Neuron Activity

The Human Brain

Scientists are breaking new ground in brain cell research, which could lead to exciting advancements in the medical field.

NYUAD Library 2017

Arabic Collections

NYU has received a $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to support its growing Arabic-language digital public library.

Research Trip to Greenland

Hot Discovery

Scientists have discovered planetary waves of vorticity on and inside the Sun similar to those that significantly influence weather on Earth.

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

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.


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

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


Sophia Kalantzakos

Climate Conversation

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

Arts and Humanities

Edward Smith

Deep Sea DNA

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


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.


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 prestigous 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