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 and to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.

Working Group coordinators organizational meeting, September 2016
Organizational meeting of the Working Group coordinators, September 2016

Call for Proposals is Closed for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year

The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) invites proposals for these working groups at the start of each academic year. DUCIGS provides funding for expenses related to meetings, including food, readings and audio-visual materials. 
Look for CFP notification for the next AY in late August 2017.

View the application and more information

Below is a list of the working groups sponsored by the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies during the current academic year (2016-2017); the Africa Initiative (AI) at Duke is co-sponsoring seven of the groups*. 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
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Organizational meeting of the Working Group coordinators, September 2016