Human Development

Human development is among the most critical and challenging issues facing humanity today. As conceptualized at the Kellogg Institute, “human development” focuses on understanding and promoting the conditions that allow people to participate in shaping their own futures, while living in dignity and freedom.

Research on this theme includes:

  • Public policies for social justice, examining the way social policy, market activities, and social change combine to affect the distribution of wealth, opportunity, and quality of life;
  • Economic growth, development, and human welfare in a globalizing economy, considering the roles of economic, political, social, and cultural institutions, government policies, market structures, distributional issues, international trade and finance, and economic geography;
  • Global health, including issues of public health, health delivery, and policy and practice at local, regional, national, and international levels;
  • Education, examining policy, institutions, innovative programs, and practice at the macro and micro levels;
  • Religion, society, and culture, investigating the influence of culture, religious belief, and religious and cultural institutions upon social change; Human rights and their relationship with improvements in human welfare;
  • Evaluation of development projects and processes to ascertain best practices that may inform policy in one or more regions of the world.

human development Research and Discussion

Following our second core theme, the Kellogg Institute is engaged in exploring human development throughout the world, convinced that a better understanding socio-economic, political, and religious factors can have an impact on the growth of peoples across the planet. 



Research on Human Development

Kellogg Institute scholars advance the understanding of human development through sharing their research findings and expert analyses in various media. 



Upcoming Events


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet
February 23
The Curious Case of Political Liberalization: A Step to Democratization or an Authoritarian Survival Strategy?
Working Groups, Comparative Politics Workshop
M. Tahir Kilavuz