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Centers and Institutes

The world of work is a source of unlimited research and programmatic opportunities for driving positive change. 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, institutes, and outreach programs 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 Buffalo Co-Lab

Engages local communities with academics, practitioners, students and extension professionals to make Buffalo a model of regeneration. Learn more about the Buffalo Co-Lab »

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 Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI)

Advances policies and practices to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities and ensure their full inclusion in the workplace and in communities. YTI 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 YTI »

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 Future of Work. The Institute features a monthly gathering on the Future of Work, supports companies and NGOs in thinking about the Future of Work, and conducts original research. Learn more about IWS »

Labor and Employment Law Program (LEL)

Merges law and social science research, providing attorneys, legislators, social scientists, and policymakers with multifaceted perspectives to address contemporary labor and employment law and workplace challenges, and influence litigation and public policy decisions. Special initiatives focus on criminal justice and employment; legal repositories of consent decrees and ADA court cases and settlement agreements; and forums addressing emerging legal issues. Learn more about the Labor and Employment Law Program »

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 »

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 »