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The Global Innovation Program is the vehicle through which Perry World House advances its mission of research and policy impact.
The Global Innovation Program takes a three-pronged approach: It draws on the extensive expertise of individuals in schools, departments, centers, and programs across Penn. It bridges the worlds of academia and policy making by engaging thought-leaders from around the world in meaningful exchange and collaborative, interdisciplinary research. And it is establishing a growing global network of leaders and influencers who value—and increasingly rely upon—Perry World House as a non-partisan resource for innovative ideas.
Specifically, the Global Innovation Program presents a full roster of workshops and colloquia across its two research themes that examine issues from multiple perspectives, and translates the findings into actionable policy proposals. It provides fellowships that bring individuals whose work addresses specific global challenges into the Penn community. It widely disseminates new knowledge through publications, podcasts, and direct engagement with policy makers around the globe.
From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, to the global economic and political effects of emerging technologies, the post-Cold War global order may be at a tipping point.
This research theme examines implications of changing power dynamics; impacts of new technologies; contributions of governance institutions for the future of international cooperation.
It seeks to understand the drivers of change and the varied implications of those changes. Additionally, it offers new ideas for the preservation and evolution of the international order.
Today, tens of millions of people move and are regularly displaced around the world through a combination of forces – environmental, societal, political, and security. Human movement and adaptation in response to ever changing catalysts has always been a salient feature of the global landscape.
At a moment when the world is seeing the greatest level of displacement since World War II, and the climate emergency grows more acute by the day, these complex and intersecting global phenomena – urbanization, migration, and climate change – demand sophisticated and coordinated action from researchers and policymakers working in concert.
The Global Shifts research theme examines these phenomena, highlights the specific challenges their intersections produce, and charts a path that allows for the best global policy responses to emerge.
Seventy-five years after the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, injustice, oppression, and violence continue to impede human freedom and dignity across the globe. Regional and armed conflicts, the unfolding climate crisis, and the rise of authoritarianism all present complex challenges to the pursuit of global justice.
Going forward, this program will host critical dialogues on an array of human rights issues concerning gender, migration, indigenous rights, reparations, and civil liberties.
The program will provide human rights experts and practitioners with the discursive and technological tools to demand global justice, while deepening Penn students' understanding on human rights issues and inform faculty research to ensure that future generations are equipped to confront injustice in all forms.