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The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) at New York University (NYU) aims 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 equity, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity, we strive to stimulate social impact locally and globally.

We cultivate an intellectual community focused on issues related to poverty and inequality, education and child development, health and wellbeing, and social policy in local, national, and global contexts. A joint initiative of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human DevelopmentWagner School of Public ServiceFaculty of Arts and ScienceSchool of Professional Studies, and Office of the Provost, IHDSC brings together over 100 faculty and hundreds of students and staff with the goals of knowledge creation (research), knowledge transmission (education), and knowledge utilization (policy and practice).

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Specifically, the Institute provides:

  1. infrastructure for grants development and management;
  2. interdisciplinary training of students;
  3. support for faculty to launch new programs of inquiry; and
  4. an intellectual community for substantive and methodological cross-fertilization across research efforts in key thematic areas.

Through collaborative research and targeted dissemination, a central goal is to bridge the disconnect between the science of human development and policies and practices that affect children, youth, adults, and families in local and global contexts.

Scholarly Affiliate Network

The Institute maintains a multidisciplinary faculty affiliate network, comprised of New York University scholars in applied psychology, developmental psychology, economics, political science, sociology, public policy, and social work.


Learn more about IHDSC's leadership and staff.