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The Institute of Human Development and Social Change

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change's (IHDSC) mission is to inspire, support, and amplify innovative and equity-driven scholarly research through excellence in individualized grant administration and research development, community engagement, and the promotion of evidence-based research products. By prioritizing principles of social equity, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity, we strive to stimulate social impact locally and globally.

IHDSC represents a dynamic collaboration among four NYU schools: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Faculty of Arts and Science; Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and School of Professional Studies.

2022-2023 IHDSC Seed Award Recipients

IHDSC is pleased to announce our recipients for the 2022-2023 Seed Awards! Learn about our awardees and their projects.

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For Researchers

IHDSC supports rigorous research and training, cultivating research through seed awards, working groups, and individualized grant support from conception through closeout.

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For Partners

IHDSC partners with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to conduct research, develop training, and create mutually beneficial opportunities for networking and professional development.

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Unraveling Inequality, Expanding Opportunity

Inequality is prevalent in health, education, justice, and technology — in our own backyard and around the globe. Enriching opportunities that engender positive outcomes are distributed inequitably to children and youth in our communities. To bring groundbreaking, rigorous research and collaborative engagement to bear on this challenge, the Institute’s theme is “Unraveling Inequality, Expanding Opportunity.”

What does this mean for the year ahead?
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Latest News & Updates

New Research-Practice-Partnership with the Inspired Community Project

IHDSC is pleased to announce a new research partnership with Dr. Anil Chacko, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, and the Inspired Community Project.

IHDSC Summer 2023 Award Announcements

We invite you to join us in celebrating the recent awards received by members of our community. We are thrilled to provide support to these talented and impactful research teams that share our commitment to unraveling inequality and expanding opportunity.

"Inside the Arab Classroom": A New Podcast Series Exploring the Dynamic Landscape of Education in the Arab World

NYU’s Global TIES for Children and afikra are pleased to announce the launch of "Inside the Arab Classroom," a new podcast series that explores education traditions and innovations within Arabic-speaking nations.

Supporting New York City’s Early Childhood Educators in a Global Pandemic: Challenges, Innovations, and Implications for Professional Learning

Researchers from NYU Steinhardt partnered with the NYC Public Schools’ Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) to examine professional learning (PL) experiences of New York City (NYC) early childhood educators during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021).

Analysis Shows Rise and Fall of Angry, Fearful Tweets with Passage and Implementation of Philadelphia Beverage Tax

Researchers found posts about the tax shifted from anger to acceptance, reflecting factors including media coverage and lawsuits.

Erin Godfrey Advances Theory and Practice on Critical Consciousness in Two Recently Released Co-Edited Books

Dr. Erin Godfrey released two books in the Contemporary Social Issues Series with Dr. Luke J. Rapa of Clemson University on critical consciousness.

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Global TIES for Children

Global TIES for Children is an international research center at New York University dedicated to designing, evaluating and advising on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe.


The CONNECT lab at NYU conducts research to understand and strengthen contexts for learning and mental health in low-income education settings. We study natural opportunities for academic, social, and emotional learning via productive relationships and quality interactions.


For over a decade, IHDSC and faculty from seven NYU academic units have trained incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

Systems Aligning For Equity

The aim of SAFE Spaces (formerly RISC) is to examine the setting-level characteristics and processes that occur in child welfare settings and explore their association with outcomes for youth.

Recent Blogs

Beyond the Data: Humanizing Research through Photography

Photographing communities, particularly low income neighborhoods that are too often associated with negative stereotypes, come with the added responsibility of telling their authentic stories with compassion, strength, and beauty. In this blog, Hira Hasson pairs street photography with research to bring a new dimension to traditional research projects.

NYC’s Salary Transparency Law: What the Research Says

We spoke with Dr. Siwei Cheng, Associate Professor of Sociology in NYU’s School of Arts & Science and IHDSC faculty affiliate, about NYC's Salary Transparency Law's impact on labor market negotiations and improving equity in wage distributions in NYC for this On the Ground blog post.

What’s in the Water? Positive Parenting & the History of Attachment Theory

Many positive parenting practices, core to contemporary parenting programs, are derived from attachment theory. This On the Ground blog post offers insight into attachment theory and its linkage to parenting and child development.

A Message to the Mayor

We tapped the expertise of our faculty affiliates for research insights the Adams’ administration should leverage to inform decisions in New York City.

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