Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues

Within this program are a number of thematic graduate working groups that are both interdisciplinary in their membership and student-driven in their design. Meetings are held roughly four times each semester, during which students are encouraged to share their individual perspectives on issues of a global nature. Often selected readings are discussed, and students have the opportunity to share their own research with the group in order to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: to Wednesday, 20-September.  Call for Proposals for the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year is still open!

The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) invites proposals for working groups at the start of each academic year. DUCIGS provides funding for expenses related to meetings - including food, readings and audio-visual materials. Groups can also apply for additional support for events during the AY, including workshops, symposia and mini-conferences.

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Working Group coordinators organizational meeting, September 2016
Organizational meeting of the Working Group coordinators, September 2016
Below is a list of the working groups sponsored by the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies during the previous academic year (2016-2017), seven of which were co-sponsored by the Africa Initiative (AI) at Duke *. Individual descriptions and coordinator contact information are here.
  • Arctic Boundaries
  • Challenges in International Development
  • Corruption & Natural Resources*
  • Foreign Aid & Intervention (DAGPSA)*
  • Forest Elephant*
  • Global Environmental Health & Energy
  • Global Mental Health*
  • Global Migration & Tuberculosis*
  • Graduates Engineering & Researching Microbiomes (GERM)
  • Humor & Politics
  • Informed Choices for Equitable Development
  • Navigating Race in Global Health Settings*
  • Neurosurgery in East Africa*
  • Ocean Policy
  • The Politics of Water Provision
  • Small-Scale Fisheries & Conservation
  • Transboundary Water Resources
  • Translation in Theory & Practice