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The World in 2045 – World leaders explore what the world should look like at the United Nation’s centennial.

(By Stephanie M. McPherson) The UN was formed in 1945 to foster cooperation between governments, intending to “maintain international peace and security, give humanitarian assistance to those in need, protect human rights, and uphold international law.” In the intervening decades the mission hasn’t changed, but the world has.  2045 will mark the centennial of the United Nations....

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Mobility patterns influence how we experience income segregation in our cities

Economic segregation isn't just limited to neighborhoods; it's part of the places you visit every day. In a world of increasing urbanization, migration, and mobility, cities are becoming the epicenter of social life. Diverse populations and social cohesion are crucial for sustainable urban development, but cities face rising segregation and inequality. These two forces can erode the...

SSRC Director Fotini Christia Appointed Chair

SSRC Director Fotini Christia Appointed Chair

Fotini Christia has been selected as the holder of the Ford International Professor in recognition of her distinguished record of scholarly, professional, and pedagogical contributions to the study of ethnic conflict, political and economic development. In addition, Devavrat Shah has been selected as the holder of the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and...

Lockdowns reveal inequities in opportunities for walking activities

(By Stephanie M. McPherson) Lockdowns saved lives during the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. But as much as they have slowed the spread of Covid-19, there have been some unintended consequences. New research from the MIT Connection Science Group shows that lockdowns in ten metropolitan areas throughout the United States led to a marked reduction in walking. These decreases...


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