Washington University Partnerships

The Center for Social Development draws strength, insights and expertise from several key collaborations within Washington University. The center is a unit in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work​. An internationally recognized leader in social work and public health, the Brown School engages the brightest minds in efforts to identify and implement social innovations.

Within the Brown School community, CSD supports inquiry and innovations by scholars in the early stages of their careers at the Brown School. The center has provided funding for innovative work by numerous faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students, including doctoral students with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies. The Center for Social Development offers two fellowships for master's students who wish to focus on social-development research. 

Through its faculty directors, CSD works with the Brown School's research centers and its Policy Forum, as well as with Washington University's Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging  and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service.  Several additional collaborations broaden CSD's efforts and reach:​

Social innovation plays a role at CSD, the Brown School, and other departmental partnerships across Washington University.  Social research must always be objective, but social innovation raises the important possibility and question: research for what? At Washington University, we have opportunities to provide distinctive and productive answers through transdisciplinary research and information dissemination. We see unlimited potential for creative and productive collaborations involving the social sciences and the robust academic environment across the Washington University campus.​​ ​