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Early-Stage Initiatives

The following early-stage initiatives have received seed funding from the Center on Global Poverty and Development:

Conflict and Polarization

A large body of research has shown the substantial role that violent conflict plays in underdevelopment around the world, particularly in the most vulnerable communities. The Conflict and Polarization initiative fosters an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Stanford from fields including political science, economics, social psychology, and finance who are interested in helping to solving the problems of violent conflict and political polarization by cultivating new ideas about the causes, effects, and prevention of violent conflicts around the world and their impact on global development.

Core faculty members:

Economic History Lab

The Economic History Lab provides opportunities for faculty to work closely with undergraduate students, pre-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to support historical research in economic history. The initiative also hopes to foster methodological innovations that could help historical research to scale up, including new learning models that could substantially improve the digitization of data tables or text analysis technology.
The Economic History Lab initiative provides research support for economic history faculty from around campus (pre-doctoral students and graduate research assistants, and regular lab research meetings), for graduate students (traveling to conferences, conducting archival work, collecting and coding data, and spending time to learn their historical context), and for development of undergraduate courses in economic history.

Core faculty members:

Improving Health, Intelligence and Economic Growth by Reducing Lead Exposure

Exposure to lead has adverse health and social implications. With a focus on Bangladesh, the initiative identifies various stakeholders in the acid battery recycling and leaded paint industries—two key sources of exposure—and aims to produce a set of long-term, viable solutions to ultimately remove lead from the value chain or find ways to ensure it does not contaminate the environment. To achieve this, the initiative engages students and faculty from various departments at Stanford, including the School of Medicine, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Business,, and the International Policy Studies Program.

Core faculty members: