The Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center is a policy-oriented research center working to advance financial stability, human well-being and environmental sustainability across the globe. A university-wide research center in partnership with the Frederick S. Pardee School for Global Studies and the Office of Research at Boston University, the GDP Center is built upon five pillars: fostering a global development policy community at Boston University, advancing scholarly knowledge of global development policy, engaging in global policy dialogue, supporting student research and experiential learning and building a global support base for such efforts.
The GDP Center strives to not only be a university-based think tank but also a do tank.
There are two vital aspects of the GDP Center that make it unique among development-oriented centers across other academic institutions. First and foremost, the GDP Center recognizes that the development process is a complex one and thus we are accordingly interdisciplinary in our approach. To that end, we have assembled a faculty steering committee from the schools of law, engineering, business, public health, earth and environmental studies, economics and global studies at Boston University. Second, the GDP Center puts a premium on global engagement—generating concrete policy lessons from rigorous research and advancing such lessons into the global discourse.