Innovation

Scholarly Publications

The recruiter’s dilemma: Signalling and rebel recruitment tactics

January 2013

Abstract: How do terrorists recruit? We know much about the profiles and pathways of recruits, but little about the strategies and tactics of recruiters.

Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

November 2011

Book description from Random House: What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common?

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

August 2011

Summary from Columbia University Press: For more than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving...

Other Publications

Put innovation at the heart of refugee protection work

January 2013

Alexander Betts, former CISAC fellow and current director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project at Oxford, explains why innovation offers so much potential for refugees to empower them and create...

Congress Could Deal Death Blow to American Scientific Exceptionalism

June 2012

Next year's proposed cuts in federal funding for scientific research and development could be as high as 8 percent, seriously impacting research in agriculture, energy and medicine.

Technology Can Nudge Climate Change Politics

October 2011

Reducing carbon-dioxide emissions is primarily a political problem, rather than a technological one.

News

Firewood becomes central to student research in Ethiopia

May 2013

A Stanford student working on a project to bring together refugees and their host communities learns that firewood is often at the heart of rifts between the Ethiopians and the thousands of...

Stanford students visit refugee camps in Ethiopia on design project

March 2013

Four Stanford students traveled to Ethiopia, making their way to remote refugee camps along the Sudanese border to research ways in which technology and design innovation can improve conditions for...

Researchers call for policy, aid and innovation to help world’s poorest

April 2012

Bill Gates spoke to a Stanford audience about the importance of foreign aid and product innovation in the fight against chronic hunger, poverty and disease in the developing world.

Events

Safe Manipulation in Orbit: Grasping Objects in Space using Gecko-Inspired Adhesives

September 25, 2017

Abstract: As the orbital space around earth becomes increasingly crowded, there is an increasing need to capture and manipulate objects ranging from satellites and antennas to “uncooperative” space...

Curiosity, Frugal Science and Global health: Opportunities and Challenges

February 8, 2016

Abstract: Somebody once said, “What a damn fool can do for a dollar, an engineer can do for a nickel.” Thinking about cost as an engineering constraint brings new life to ideas.

Two technical projects in international humanitarian innovation: Africa and India

February 10, 2014

Africa (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2013): USAID and the UN's World Food Program have proposed strategies for allocating ready-to-use (therapeutic and supplementary) foods to...

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
English

People

Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Peter Eckersley Affiliate