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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

At Northwestern Buffett, we're asking hard questions...

  1. Can social media rebuild journalistic freedom?
  2. Can marginalized communities reverse the environmental challenges that impact them

... and we're finding new partners to help answer them.

  1. Can universities across the world partner to solve today's toughest problems?
  2. Can students build a grassroots movement to improve health around the world?

The new genius is a collaborative genius. Discover the ways Buffett is bringing teams together to solve complex problems.

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We believe that relationships – among individuals and institutions, globally and locally – can fuel knowledge and develop solutions to global challenges.

Enabling Collaboration

Northwestern Buffett provides the institutional support needed to bring together and catalyze new ideas.

A New Model for Research

Buffett's multi-stage research trajectory starts with dialogue. Faculty from across the University explore real-world problems from interdisciplinary perspectives. To continue work on the topic, discussion groups can participate in our Idea Incubation Workshop, a three-day event to plan for ongoing collaboration as funded Buffett Working Groups. Watch the video to see our process in action.

Explore our APPROACH

The idea workshop is intended to move us beyond the 'what' questions and instead ask us how we can generate research that is meaningful, relevant, actionable and rigorous.”
Kimberley Marion Suyseesa
Kimberley Marion Suyseesa

Assistant Professor of Political Science and member of Northwestern Buffett’s Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges Working Group.

One of the strengths of having an interdisciplinary team and the support of the Buffett Institute is that we have relationships around the world.”
Patty Leow
Patty Leow

Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research and member of Northwestern Buffett’s Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges Working Group.

Driving Northwestern's Global Efforts

Russia Returns panel discussion

Northwestern Buffett is an integrated organization with offices that facilitate global learning and research and serve international students, scholars, and faculty. It also plays a key role in developing and implementing Northwestern's global strategic plan. 

Read more about the ways Northwestern Buffett is globalizing the university.

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Participate in our critical work.

Explore opportunities to collaborate with Buffett as a researcher, a student, a potential partner, or a member of the public.

News

Northwestern Computer Science Student Rawan Mohamed Reflects on Virtual Global Learning

Northwestern Buffett recently sat down with GESI alum Rawan Mohamed (McCormick, ’23) to discuss her experiences with the "GESI 2020: Virtual Global Development in Action" program.

Events

Can Environmental Activism Save the World?

March 2, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Can environmental activism save the world? And if it can, how? This webinar features perspectives on the future of envir...

What Sort of Story Is Climate Change and Why Does That Matter for...

March 9, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

What Sort of Story Is Climate Change and Why Does That Matter for Climate Action? Featuring: Klaus Weber – Thomas G. Aye...

Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, and Indigenous Rights

March 16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, and Indigenous Rights Featuring: Kim Suiseeya – Assistant Professor, Department ...