The Center for Social Development (CSD) 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. It offers two fellowships for master's students who wish to focus on social-development research.
CSD has also established The Shanti Khinduka Research Fellowship for Social Innovation in recognition of the leadership of former Brown School Dean Shanti Khinduka. This annual $10,000 fellowship aims to support a faculty member associated with the Brown School in conducting applied research testing a policy or practice innovation. Proposals are due November 30 of each year, with awards made by January 30 the following year.
Through its faculty directors, CSD works with the Brown School's research centers and the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, 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:
The Work, Families, and Public Policy seminar series
provides opportunities for intellectual engagement with leading scholars on timely research related to labor, households, health care, law and social welfare. The series is co-sponsored by CSD, the Brown School, the Wells Fargo Advisors Center for Finance and Accounting Research in the Olin Business School
, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital
, the Department of Economics
, the College of Arts and Sciences
, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Washington University's re-established Department of Sociology
will collaborate with CSD on social policy and research.
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.