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Ideas Incubator

Welcome to the UNRISD Ideas Incubator!

This is a space where we take special care of ideas for new research projects. The ideas on this page are still being developed: they are “pre-projects”, not yet fully fledged or funded. To join us in accelerating research on these issues, please get in touch!

Some of these “pre-project” ideas follow comfortably in the tradition of the Institute’s past work. Others stretch the boundaries in new directions. We are actively seeking financial support and other forms of partnership to further develop these ideas and expand our project portfolio.

Contact paul.ladd@un.org if you are in a position to provide
the financial support necessary to build an evidence base on these topics.

Contact katja.hujo@un.org if you want to commission investigative work to UNRISD;
you would like to co-design one of these project ideas in collaboration with UNRISD;
or you would like to join UNRISD as a
Visiting Research Fellow to work on one of these ideas.

Contact jenifer.freedman@un.org if you agree that these are important areas for research
and you want to help us gain support for them by spreading the word.

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For over 50 years, UNRISD has been helping people fulfil their development ambitions. We design and undertake interdisciplinary research projects in a collaborative way. The result is responsive research and evidence-based analysis that provide governments, advocates and practitioners with the knowledge to understand and the inspiration to create effective, inclusive development policies and programmes.

Our research both responds to urgent development problems and knowledge gaps, and anticipates those just over the horizon. In the Research section of our website, you’ll learn more about our current and recent projects.

UNRISD does not receive funding from the regular budget of the United Nations. As an extrabudgetary UN entity, the Institute depends entirely on voluntary contributions to carry out all our activities. To join us in accelerating research on these issues as a funder, partner or advocate, please e-mail us.


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