Durable inequalities both within and between nations, present the most significant obstacle to promoting democratic, inclusive, and sustainable development. The Institute's research in development includes the study of racial, ethnic, and class inequality, national and sub-national governance, urban transformation, democracy and civil society, and social provisioning.  The relationship between development and globalization is also an area of focus and includes work on international aid and finance, transnational movements, comparative development and global governance.

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The Watson Institute will develop a new Equity in Policy Scholars program to increase diversity in Brown's Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program and, in turn, public policy circles in general. It will also ensure that Watson remains a competitive destination for outstanding future global leaders.
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Watson Policy Labs, a new initiative of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will enhance the link between teaching, research and public outreach by addressing specific policy issues through a combination of faculty research, student training, research-based courses and public outreach.
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