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King Center research initiatives bring together communities of scholars working on sustained global development and poverty alleviation research agendas.

Learn more about the Request for Proposals (RFP) and application process


African Urbanization and Development Research Initiative

The African Urbanization and Development Research Initiative (AUDRI) is a research program focusing on the determinants of household welfare and firm growth in two of the fastest growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

Read more about AUDRI

Data for Development

The Data for Development initiative explores low-cost, unconventional data streams and helps academics, policymakers, and business leaders craft solutions with real-world impacts on global poverty.

Read more about the Data for Development initiative
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Extreme Poverty, Infrastructure, and Climate

The Extreme Poverty, Infrastructure, and Climate (EPIC) initiative seeks to shed light on how infrastructure investments can spur poverty alleviation, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more about the EPIC initiative
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Guestworker Migration

The Guestworker Migration initiative analyzes the impacts of short-term labor migration on agricultural employers, migrants, and origin communities to inform the development of productive, effective, and humane immigration policy.

Read more about the Guestworker Migration initiative
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Improving Health, Intelligence and Economic Growth by Reducing Lead Exposure

The initiative identifies stakeholders in the acid battery recycling and leaded paint industries and aims to produce long-term, viable solutions to remove lead from the value chain or find ways to ensure it does not contaminate the environment.

Read more about reducing lead exposure
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Inclusive Democracy and Development Lab

In partnership with a political party in India and a large central government Ministry, the Inclusive Democracy and Development Lab will focus on improving women’s representation at all levels of the political process. 

Read more about the Inclusive Democracy and Development Lab
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Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab

Human trafficking for forced labor or sexual exploitation poses unique challenges for policymakers. However, little is known about how the market for trafficked individuals works – and ultimately, how to prevent these crimes.

Read more about the Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab

Request for Proposals

The King Center invites proposals from Stanford faculty for multi-faculty initiatives harnessing and developing the university’s distinctive strengths in research on global development and poverty.

Review the RFP and application process