Institute for Global and International Studies


The Institute for Global and International Studies (IGIS) is located within GW's Elliott School of International Affairs. It comprises a multidisciplinary group of faculty, professionals, researchers, and students devoted to:

  • global and international policy and aid effectiveness;
  • governance and law; human rights; international development;
  • gender and social equality and justice;
  • migration, refugees, and population change;
  • urbanization and environment;
  • social inclusion for prevention of disasters and crises and improved response and relief; and
  • ethics and values in global, international, and local relations.

Starting in fall 2012, IGIS welcomed several new post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and our first Practitioner-in-Residence. IGIS members include a range of social scientists from economics to cultural anthropology and geography, as well as faculty with law degrees and medical degrees. Regional expertise spans the entire world. We are united by our interest in important global and international challenges and how rigorous multidisciplinary thinking can prevent and solve key problems and lead to a safer and more sustainable future.

IGIS houses and supports several innovative and productive research programs and working groups that contribute to policy knowledge and dialogue. Programs and groups include:

To further its mission, IGIS supports the following activities:

  • funded research through external and internal grants;
  • public events series including several that are available online through the Elliott School's Web Video Initiative;
  • a Working Papers series;
  • an Occasional Reports series;
  • three blogs and related social media; and
  • an in-house lunch series where IGIS members discuss their ongoing research and policy engagement.

IGIS faculty and researchers possess a wide range of research skills including the demonstrated ability to:

  • undertake short-term fieldwork including scoping studies and participatory evaluations;
  • carry out "desk-based" analytical literature reviews and meta-studies;
  • pursue international fieldwork in conjunction with local organizations and researchers; and
  • promote international diplomacy and peace through Track II activities and monitor their success.

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Institute for Global and International Studies
1957 E Street NW, Suite 501
Washington, D.C. 20052