Preparing for India’s Future

Amrita University's Jay Misra (center) with the 2009 UB delegation visiting a tribal village.

“This institute is important because we are conducting real-world, community-based research in India, where the needs are great and the resources are limited.”
Catherine Dulmus
Director of UB’s Buffalo Center for Social Research and co-director of the UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute

In a region of the world where tsunamis and monsoons have altered millions of lives in recent years, the UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (UBARI) is initiating and supporting interdisciplinary research on topics including trauma, extreme events and disaster management.

Though UBARI’s work has global relevance, the institute’s interdisciplinary research activities concentrate especially on the economic and social advancement of India, the world’s second-most populous country.

The institute, founded in 2010, builds on the strengths and interests of its two partner institutions: Amrita University in India and UB’s School of Social Work, whose curriculum emphasizes a trauma-informed and human rights perspective.

Besides extreme events, UBARI’s areas of focus include community development, HIV/AIDS, alcohol abuse and mental health. The center is organizing a conference this June that explores sustainable development, with a focus on the integration of indigenous culture with present day policies, practices and technology.

Through UBARI, UB’s social work faculty members are applying their expertise to some of the world’s most pressing problems, helping India and the global community prepare for the future.


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