Geographic research clusters collect long-term panel data. They seek to remedy a major constraint in understanding development in low-income countries: the absence of detailed, multi-level, long-term scientific data that follows individuals over time and describes both the natural and built environment in which they reside.
The clusters involve a long-term commitment to research collaboration with local institutions, policy engagement and the opportunity for Northwestern students to participate. Explore our geographic research clusters using the links below.
Additionally, GPRL is engaging in COVID-related research aimed at slowing the already devastating spread of COVID-19 and ameliorating the pandemic’s socioeconomic consequences.
Our sectoral clusters are a group of related projects tackling a narrow sector within development. The goal here is to create a core operation that engages with potential partners for project development, supports the research community in order to enhance the quality of work conducted, and develops appropriate communications and policy strategies given the evidence. At inception, we include Innovations for Poverty Action’s (IPA) Financial Inclusion Program, Social Protection Program, and Small/Medium Enterprises (SME) Program as sectoral clusters. We plan to expand and develop clusters on other sectors like corruption, early childhood development, agricultural extension and technology, etc., as funding and campus support come to fruition.
Specific activities within a sectoral cluster include: