Research Innovations Workshop

The PDEL Research Innovations Workshop is an interdisciplinary forum in which scholars at UC San Diego share ideas about the latest advances in their respective fields and explore opportunities for joint research on the design and evaluation of programs intended to improve global well-being.

Past Events

"Reverse Engineering Censorship in China: A Data Science Approach"
PDEL Innovation Workshop
Jan. 27, 2016
The Chinese government's censorship program constitutes one of the most extensive efforts to selectively censor human communication in recorded history. In this talk, Molly Roberts and Amarnath Gupta provided an overview of their current research project that shows, paradoxically, this opaque system leaves footprints that reveal a great deal about how it functions and about the intentions of the government.

PDEL Innovation Research Workshop
Dec. 1, 2014 | Slideshow
Professors Joshua Graff Zivin and Jennifer Burney discussed their research on measuring and understanding the impacts of pollution on human health, labor productivity and agricultural yields. Experts in their field, Burney discussed new methodologies for estimating pollutant concentrations and exposures, and Graff Zivin discussed recent insights into the pervasive impacts of air pollution.

“Can E-payments Fix India's Social Safety Net?”
May 7, 2014
Karthik Muralidharan is an assistant professor of economics at UC San Diego, where he has been on the faculty since 2008. Paul Niehaus is also an assistant professor at UC San Diego, as well as faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, junior affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab and affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action. 

PDEL Research Innovations Workshop
October 24, 2013
Ramesh Rao, Director of Calit2 and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Clark Gibson, Professor of Political Science
In this public talk, Ramesh Rao discussed how recent technology developments has made it possible to use smart phones as sensors for study of policy interventions in the field. He outlined the possibilities and shared some recent examples that illustrate the possibilities. Clark Gibson then discussed innovative ways in which ICT can be used to detect and reduce electoral fraud.

Launch of PDEL Research Innovations Workshop
May 13, 2013 | Slideshow
Albert Lin, Research Scientist, UC San Diego Calit2, and National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, discussed several ongoing efforts that explore the frontiers of data science in applications ranging from archaeology to global health. The new age of big data presents both challenges and opportunities for research across broad domains. Paul Niehaus, UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Economics, talked about the implications of being electronically connected to the extreme poor. What does it mean for transacting or communicating? 

Pacific Conference on Development Economics

The Pacific Conference on Development Economics

The goal of the annual Pacific Conference on Development Economics (PacDev) is to bring together faculty, graduate students, and practitioners to present and discuss various issues facing developing economies.

The 2015 PacDev was held March 21, 2015 at UC San Diego.

Download the full program [pdf]


Plenary Session Speakers

Paul Gertler, Li Ka Shing Professor at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Scientific Director for the Center for Effective Global Action

Alan Hubbard, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, UC Berkeley

John Tippett, Global Director of Mobile Health, Grameen Foundation


Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)
Center for Emerging and Pacific Economies (EmPac)


UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University and San Francisco State University