Development Research

At MIT, research doesn't stay in the lab.

Across departments and disciplines, MIT researchers are working to apply their work to underserved and underdeveloped communities around the world.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

J-PAL is a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab

J-WAFS works towards environmentally benign, scalable solutions for water and food systems across a range of regional, social, and economic contexts by incubating technologies and fostering innovative regional collaborations.


ImpactLabs identifies areas of need in target communities and work with students to come up with engineering solutions.

International Development Group

The IDG at MIT is the longest-standing and largest program within a U.S. planning school devoted to graduate study and research in subjects specific to the developing world.