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Centers & Institutes

Translating knowledge into action

SIPA’s interdisciplinary research centers serve as hubs of study and innovation, generating new knowledge and convening prominent academics, policy makers, business leaders, and other experts to help translate knowledge into action.

Centers & Institutes

Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP)

One fifth of humanity lives on less than $1.25 per day, and two-fifths on less than $2 per day, with the frequent hunger, chronic health problems, and everyday indignities that such poverty entails. How can the living standards of the poor be raised? The Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP) supports microeconomic research to investigate the sources of poverty and to inform practical interventions to address them.

Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP)

The Center for Environmental Economics and Policy 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. CEEP’s goal is to share this knowledge with policymakers, fellow researchers, students, and concerned citizens worldwide. A defining feature of the Center's research is the integration of analytic approaches from economics with the natural sciences and engineering.

Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG)

Founded by Jan Svejnar in 2012, the Center on Global Economic Governance is a premier Center for producing a new wave of policy-oriented research on global economic governance, stressing excellence and recognition. In doing so, CGEG brings into sharp focus key issues, sets the highest academic standards in research, and brings together key players from the academic, policy and business world. This approach combines internal and external talent. 

Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)

We are at a transformational moment in energy history: new technologies are unlocking new resources and devising new ways to get energy as climate change impacts are being felt with more frequency and severity. The Center on Global Energy Policy provides independent, balanced, data-driven analysis to help policymakers navigate the complex world of energy. We approach energy as an economic, security, geopolitical, and climate concern. And we draw on the resources of a world-class institution, faculty with real-world experience, and a location in the world’s finance and media capital.

Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies (CIEP)

The mission of Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies is to promote economic prosperity in India, by improving understanding of the Indian economy through research undertaken by leading scholars, by disseminating this knowledge to practitioners, policymakers, students and scholars worldwide and by sustaining ongoing dialogues on major policy issues facing India. The Center’s research will also include comparative analysis of the experience of India and the United States in policy-relevant areas such as climate change and federalism, so as to provide scholarly support for multilateral and bilateral (US-India) initiatives.

Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS)

Founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower, during his tenure as president of Columbia University, the Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) was renamed the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) in March 2003. Created to promote understanding of the "disastrous consequences of war upon man's spiritual, intellectual, and material progress," the institute has become one of the leading research centers on international relations in the United States. 

Affiliated Centers

Center for Brazilian Studies

The Center for Brazilian Studies is intended to serve as a regular platform for government officials, business representatives, union leaders, and politicians visiting from Brazil. The center also attracts Brazilian academics, students, and faculty for periods of up to a year in which they focus on their research, interact with their counterparts at Columbia, as well as speak publicly about their research results. Finally, the center serves as a focal point for American students and faculty with deep interest in, and knowledge of, Brazil.

Center for Iranian Studies

The Center for Iranian Studies was founded in 1968 and is the foremost academic research center in Iranian studies in the United States. The main focus of its activities is an extensive program of scholarly publications, notably the Encyclopaedia Iranica and the Tabari Translation Series. The Center also sponsors or arranges art exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, and occasional lectures for students, staff and the community.

East Central European Center

The East Central European Center was established in 1954 to promote the study of the modern history, politics, languages, cultures, and societies of the region. It does so in cooperation with various departments at the University and by arranging for supplemental instruction by visiting and adjunct professors. The center sponsors courses, symposia, conferences, and lectures by prominent scholars and practitioners.

European Institute

Founded in 1948 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the European Institute at Columbia University is the oldest academic institution in the United States dedicated to the study of Europe. The Institute promotes research and learning on the cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues facing Europe, both inside the region and in a global context. 

Harriman Institute

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University is one of the world's leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. Our mission is to serve our community at the university and beyond by supporting research, instruction, and dialogue, sponsoring vibrant and multidisciplinary events that bring together our extraordinary resources of faculty, students, and alumni. We are committed to training the next generation of regional specialists to play leadership roles in setting the academic and scholarly agenda, making policy and challenging accepted truths about how we study our rapidly changing world.

Initiative for Policy Dialogue

Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglit Arrow Linkz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) in July 2000 to help developing countries explore policy alternatives and enable wider civic participation in economic policymaking. IPD is now a global network of more than 200 leading economists, political scientists, and practitioners from the North and South with diverse backgrounds and views. IPD efforts are intended not only to help countries find solutions to pressing problems but also to strengthen their institutions and civil societies. IPD pursues its objectives through four activities: task forces, country dialogues, the Journalism Workshops program and Journalism Primer, and research.

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP)

The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) is the research arm of the social sciences at Columbia University. ISERP organizes a vibrant intellectual community at Columbia through its Faculty Fellows program as well as its workshops, conferences, research centers, and projects. Participation in ISERP spans Columbia's social science departments as well as Barnard College, the Columbia Earth Institute, Columbia Teachers College, and the schools of architecture, business, international and public affairs, law, public health, and social work. 

Institute for the Study of Human Rights

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights promotes interdisciplinary human rights research, education, and training at Columbia and overseas. The Institute convenes faculty, students, grassroots activists, policymakers, private sector actors, and other stakeholders from diverse fields and perspectives to interact and address pressing human rights issues. The Institute is particularly committed to the education and training of emerging human rights leaders worldwide.

Institute of African Studies

Founded in 1959, the Institute of African Studies provides an intellectual forum for Africa-related activities, outside the classroom. It brings speakers and visiting scholars to the campus, organizes conferences, and serves as a resource center for students seeking opportunities to work, study, and travel in Africa. The institute concentrates on sub-Saharan Africa, while North Africa is included in the programs of the Middle East Institute.

Institute of Latin American Studies

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is the center for Latin America policy development and research at Columbia University. The institute provides its students and faculty with access to the resources of one of the major policy institutions in the world. ILAS also serves as a focal point for a network of Latin American and U.S. scholars engaged in dialogue on a wide range of issues.

Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Fostering an interregional and multidisciplinary approach to the region, the Institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim diaspora communities.

South Asian Institute

The South Asian Institute coordinates the many activities at Columbia University that relate to Southern Asia, mainly the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Its conferences, seminars, exhibits, films, and lecture series bring together faculty and students with widely varying interests and backgrounds.

Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Since its establishment in 1949, Columbia University's East Asian Institute has been a major center for research, teaching, and publishing on modern and contemporary Asia Pacific activities, covering China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Korean peninsula, and the countries of Southeast Asia. The institute is affiliated with Columbia's schools of business, law, international and public affairs, and Arts and Sciences, bringing together over fifty full-time faculty, a diverse group of visiting scholars and professionals, and more than 250 students from the United States and abroad.