The founder and director of the E3 Nutrition Lab is Lora Iannotti, associate professor and associate dean for public health. The three “E”s represent the lab’s principles for nutrition interventions: environmentally sustainable, economically affordable, and evolutionarily appropriate. E3 is a transdisciplinary laboratory at the Brown School that is undertaking research around the world to address “hidden hunger”— poverty-related nutritional deficiencies in mothers and young children.
Girls in the Lead is led by Dr. Heather Cameron, Michael B. Kaufman Professor of Practice in Social Entrepreneurship at the Brown School. Girls in the Lead is a digital platform that supports capacity-building for girls’ and women’s empowerment organizations that focus on sports. Girls in the Lead helps organizations around the world with program design, impact assessment, and advocacy.
Associate Professor Jean-Francois Trani is working on a four-year intervention alongside a research team in Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve learning achievements for students in grades 3-5. The team is working with school communities and three partners, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan and the National Rural Support Programme in Pakistan, which support government schools or run community-based schools in rural areas of both countries. Aiming to engage students, parents and teachers to elaborate on a diagram of the school system and identify effective ideas for intervention.
Next Age Institute (NAI) is an academic partnership between WU and National University of Singapore. Current NAI work in Financial Capability and Asset Building (FCAB) is now also gaining traction in mainland China, with planned support from the Chinese central bank. The mainland Chinese are interested in USA and Singapore examples. This work represents not just research, but also cooperation in policy and practice impacts. In a world with increased geopolitical tensions, constructive partnership can only be positive.