Solve Human Problems

Focusing on the social, political, cultural, and economic institutions and practices that shape human behavior, Arizona State University interdisciplinary teams help craft solutions targeted to the most pressing societal problems. Human activities are often at the heart of these problems and they are an integral part of their solution. ASU teams are developing new workable solutions to old social problems, including water shortages, social inequality, violence, the pervasiveness of poverty, and human impacts on the environment. Improved understanding through modeling and testing of the human and other factors that drive institutions and current practices allow ASU to eventually put forward practical ideas designed to bring about long-term solutions.


The Center for Biology and Society faculty members and students strive to understand the ways in which the history, philosophy, ethics, policies, and laws surrounding the life sciences all intersect.
brings together Arizona State University faculty, students and research partners to examine the impacts of mindfulness across a wide range of areas.
The Center for Race and Democracy is a leading interdisciplinary, problem-solving venture committed to socially embedded scholarship, increasing awareness and informed dialogue involving the topics of race and democracy.
The faculty members in Counseling and Counseling Psychology focus on the education of counselors and psychologists to become culturally competent to work with a diverse clientele in a variety of mental health settings.
Decision Center for a Desert City offers transformational solutions for urban water sustainability transitions.
Healthy Lifestyles Recharge Center is a center of excellence to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease across the lifespan.
Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability provides leadership and coordination for university sustainability initiatives and is home to the School of Sustainability.
National Center of Excellence for SMART Innovations takes a systems approach in understanding the environmental, societal and economic impacts of climate, energy and materials.
The Project for Writing and Recording Family History supports and inspires individuals who want to bring the stories of the past to life and begin to record their own stories for future generations.
The School for the Future of Innovation in Society is planning now for the kinds of futures that we will want to inhabit.
School of Human Evolution and Social Change seeks to understand the origins and implications of our human uniqueness – such as culture, cooperation and complexity.
The School of Public Affairs focuses on the future of governance and public policy, developing new solutions and the next generation of leadership.
The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center is a National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Urban Climate Research Center integrates social and physical sciences to develop and test urban design and management policies to enhance the productivity, health and sustainability of urban populations.