The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University seeks to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.
Complex problems require informed solutions.
Poverty and inequality. Natural disasters and ethnic conflict. Rapid urbanization and climate change. Globalized labor standards and cyber threats. Our increasingly interconnected 21st-century world is rife with challenges that affect us all. Crafting solutions to those problems requires rigorous research, real-world experience, and creative thinking.
The Watson Institute is a community of scholars, practitioners, and students whose work aims to help us understand and address these critical challenges. It is dedicated to meaningful social science research and teaching, and animated by the conviction that informed policy can change systems and societies for the better.
The Watson Institute's comparative, global approach is strengthened by:
A mission as vital as it is ambitious.
Housed at Brown University, the Watson Institute benefits from the resources—both academic and human—of a top-tier research university known for its commitment to serving the community, the nation, and the world.
In keeping with this ethos, the Watson Institute seeks to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.
Learn more about the Institute's centers, initiatives, and programs focused on regional and area studies.