Global Research & Impact
Developing frameworks for positive action
From climate and energy to the future of democracy, we are defining issues where we can make the biggest impact — in our interdisciplinary research, in our teaching, and in our impact on policy.
Addressing Five Global Policy Challenges
Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo shares how SIPA is taking on complex, pressing global issues like geopolitical stability; energy and climate policy; technological innovation and its impact on people; how to share prosperity; and preserving democratic governance.
“I’ve always been an optimist.”
Visiting professor Jack Lew brings decades of public service experience to the classroom.
Jack Lew, a former U.S. treasury secretary and White House chief of staff, taught the Spring 2022 course Democratic Institutions Under Stress. In it he explored the core principles of constitutional democracy, starting with a close reading of the United States’ founding documents and proceeding through key institutions, from citizenship and elections to the branches of government, the military, and the press.
Finding the Absurdity in Geopolitics
Hagar Hajjar Chemali MIA ’04 is the host and creator of Oh My World!, an award-winning “next generation news media brand” that finds her breaking down world affairs in weekly, 10-minute YouTube videos.
“People want to laugh, and there’s so much absurdity in geopolitics,” Chemali says. “And in world news, it’s like free content on a daily basis—it’s easy for me to make fun of it. And I’m very sensitive when things are very serious or very upsetting, but there is still a lot there that we can poke fun at.”
Centers and Institutes
- Center For Development Economics And Policy (CDEP)
- Center For Environmental Economics And Policy
- Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG)
- Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)
- Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies (CIEP)
- Institute of Global Politics (IGP)
- Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS)
Center For Development Economics And Policy (CDEP)
CDEP supports microeconomic research to investigate the sources of poverty and inform practical interventions to address them.
Center For Environmental Economics And Policy
CEEP undertakes original research into the causes of environmental change, the consequences of this change for humanity, and the policies that can prevent and—where possible—reverse harmful environmental change to ensure sustainable development.
Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG)
Without adequate global economic governance, there is a greater possibility of major crises and a tendency toward protectionism and political upheaval. CGEG’s mission is to develop, promote and implement new theories, studies, and policy initiatives that cut across nation-state boundaries and address this new reality.
Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)
CGEP advances smart, actionable, and evidence-based energy and climate solutions through research, education, and dialogue.
Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies (CIEP)
CIEP promotes economic prosperity in India by improving understanding of the Indian economy through scholarly research, disseminating this knowledge to practitioners, policymakers, and others worldwide, and sustaining ongoing dialogues on major policy issues facing India.
Institute of Global Politics (IGP)
IGP is a hub for global policy innovation based at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. e draw on the world-class research of Columbia University and its location in New York City, convening top scholars and practitioners to forge solutions to today’s global challenges.
Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS)
SIWPS is one of the country’s foremost research centers on international relations. Its affiliated scholars have long studied the political, military, historical, legal, economic, moral, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of their subject.