Past Research

South Asia 2060 BannerTask Force: Higher Education and Innovation in Emerging Economies
This interdisciplinary group of experts explores the opportunities, challenges, and policy implications of improving higher education and innovation in emerging economies and the impact of these policies on the relationship of emerging economies with developing countries.

Urban-thThe Urban Century
The Urban Century initiative brings together scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to look at innovative approaches and successful models that may help alleviate some of the pressures that necessarily accompany rapid expansion of population and land area covered by cities.

South Asia 2060 BannerPardee Center Task Force: Environmental Governance
A study of the current structure and function of governance from local customs and approaches to multilateral international agreements.

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Development That Works
BU convened an all-day conference on March 31, 2011, which brought together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss development ideas that have been demonstrated—or have the potential—to lead to sustainable and effective development.

Pardee Center Task Force: Latin America 2060
The Pardee Center and Latin American Studies Program formed a Task Force to analyze the likely developments in Latin America over the next 50 years and the social, economic, political, and cultural patterns most likely to emerge.

Africa-thSouth-South Economic Relations
This project brought together leading experts from across the world for a conference held September 23-24, 2010 to look at the emerging dynamics of economic relations among developing countries.

Rockafeller IconDiasporas and Development
The Pardee Center brought together scholarship and insight from a variety of disciplines to examine examples from across the globe on the variety of ways in which diasporas impact the development of the countries they had originally left behind.

08-offshore_wind_turbineSouth Asia 2060
This project aimed to facilitate a dialogue amongst experts from various disciplines across South Asia and the world on the likely longer-range trajectories of South Asia’s future as a region.

Climate Games 2Task Force Meeting and Gaming Session | Games for a New Climate
An all day participatory game session aimed at linking action with knowledge in the context of growing climate risks. The event was sponsored by the Pardee Center in collaboration with by the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center.

Global Governance for Sustainable Development
This program brings together a series of projects related to multilateral and international institutions for the governance of sustainable development in all its aspects, including the social, economic, and environmental.

Africa-thAfrica 2060
This program of activities, including a major conference and a series of publications, looks at multiple aspects of African development and the trends defining Africa’s future.

 

Rockafeller IconSearchlight: Visualization and Analysis of Trend Data Project
This project developed data analysis and visualization tools for futures foresight research and applies these to the Rockefeller Foundation’s ongoing “Searchlight” project.

08-offshore_wind_turbineSawyer Seminar Series | Energy Transitions
What were the cultural, social, and historical forces that generated past energy transitions? This project brought an international group of scholars to Boston University throughout 2010–2011 for a series of seminars addressing questions related to energy transitions.

white-bulb1-thumbFuture of Energy
What might the energy-society relationship look like in 2100? The Pardee Center assembled an international team of energy experts and asked them to answer this question.

th-china-thumb2-thumbWhere is China Headed?
Three Decades of Reform and Opening in China. Lessons for the Future. A Pardee Center conference led to an edited book based on papers presented at the conference.

 

67bsr-th1-thumbGovernance in the Developing World
Tackling issues such as democratization, corruption control, and capacity-building, this cluster of research activities all seek to better understand the dimensions of governance in developing countries.