Centers and Institutes

The workplace is a source of unlimited research and programmatic opportunities. At ILR, we have chosen a variety of themes related to work and employment upon which to build study, training, education, and practice-oriented initiatives. These activities are facilitated by the centers and institutes highlighted here.

Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS)

The world's leading human resource partnership between industry and academia, and a unique network of corporate partners from the world's top companies. ILR's top HR faculty work directly with partners and share new research and applications to create excellence in human resources. Learn more about CAHRS »

Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI)

Facilitates interdisciplinary research on higher education, working with faculty and administrators from Cornell colleges and around the world. The institute's current research interests include the financial challenges facing higher education and reducing inequality in access to higher education. Learn more about CHERI »

K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)

Advances policies and practices to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities and ensure their full inclusion in the workplace and in communities. EDI is a leading source of research and information on employment and disability for employers, lawmakers, federal and state agencies, and service providers. Learn more about EDI »

Institute for Compensation Studies (ICS)

Interdisciplinary center focused on research, teaching and communicating about monetary and non-monetary rewards from work. ICS provides publications, programs and expert insight to inform and advance practitioner decision making and promote public discourse on compensation issues. Learn more about ICS »

Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS)

Established to help strengthen ILR's presence in New York City, with an emphasis on the value of academic/practitioner collaboration. The institute's seminars, electronic news service and other activities keep researchers, legislators, policy analysts and workers up-to-date on relevant workplace issues. Learn more about IWS »

International Programs

ILR International Programs promotes ILR's core mission in research, teaching, and extension programming around the world. Learn more about International Programs »

Labor Dynamics Institute (LDI)

Creates and makes accessible data on the dynamics of labor markets for research networks and statistical agencies. LDI's work informs policymakers, researchers and educators, and includes partnerships with key organizations including the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation. Learn more about LDI »

Martin and Laurie Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

The only institute of its kind providing undergraduate and graduate education and interdisciplinary research focused on conflict resolution in the workplace. The institute offers training programs on dispute resolution for practitioners, advocates and professional neutrals, nationwide. Learn more about Scheinman »

NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute

The Institute offers a statewide one-year certificate program jointly sponsored by the NYS AFL-CIO, the national AFL-CIO, and Cornell. Instruction combines seminars, fieldwork, and mentoring, and carries 12 units of college credit. Applicants must be nominated by their union. Learn more about ULI »

R. Brinkley Smithers Institute for Alcohol-Related Workplace Studies

Research institute dedicated to advancing knowledge of alcohol, drug and health issues in the workplace. The Smithers Institute advocates that the workplace is a critical arena for prevention, intervention and treatment of alcohol-related problems. Learn more about Smithers »

Sustainable Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains Project

The purpose of the “New Conversations” project is promote dialogue between multiple stakeholders in order to find pathways to more sustainable labor practices in global supply chains, particularly in the garment sector. Learn more about this project »

Worker Institute at Cornell

Provides research, education and a forum for public discourse on worker rights and collective representation. The institute promotes innovative thinking to inform policy reform and leads initiatives focusing on strategic leadership: international collective action; equity at work; labor, the environment and sustainable development; and precarious work. Learn more about the Worker Institute »

Labor, Environment and Sustainable Development Initiative (formerly the Global Labor Institute)

The Global Labor Institute was established in 2005 to work with trade unions in the U.S. and internationally to help them and their civil society partners develop solutions to major social, economic and environmental challenges. It's focus has shifted over the years and it has become a key initiative within the Worker Institute. Learn more about the Initiative »