Faculty and Students working on global challenges.

PPRI aims to bring the talents of the university community to bear on global challenge issues, catalyzing new areas of research and enchancing the impact of that research.

Autonomous Transportation

Our transportation system will likely undergo major transformation in the coming decades as technology allows us to move people and freight in safer and more efficient ways.

Drone Regulatory Research

Drones are growing in popularity and varying in their use – this growth and evolution is progressing at a greater pace than the regulations needed to ensure safety and security.

Grand Challenges Research

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a unique approach to global grand challenges research, scholarly publishing and communication at Purdue.

Data Science

PPRI, as part of Discovery Park, is working to identify specific areas where Purdue to lead a transdisciplinary effort in the ethical, societal, and policy implications in data science.

Contemporary Matters

PPRI hosts a lunch discussion series bringing together faculty from cross-cutting STEM fields, humanities, and social sciences to discuss a common topic from the lens of their field.

Movements, Markets and Transnational Network

This Gates Foundation funded research is aimed at assisting to increase and improve resources for women’s organizations and movements as a channel for advancing women’s human rights, especially women’s social and economic rights.