Applied Research Projects

Applied Research Projects (Capstone projects) are a unique pedagogical experience where small groups of graduate students work with partners from International Geneva to conduct research projects that respond to today’s global challenges.

Giordano Neuenschwander turned an Applied Research Project from his Master in Development Studies into a career opportunity. He currently supports people with refugee or migrant backgrounds in establishing their own businesses through SINGA Switzerland.

a unique pedagogical experience

An education at the Graduate Institute prepares graduates for international careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. With 30 international organisations, 250 NGOs, 172 diplomatic missions and 931 multinational companies in close proximity of the Institute, there is a consistent flow of internship and job opportunities in a diverse range of international work. The strong links between the Institute’s students that have worked in Geneva’s international community have left a positive impression for those going forward.

Our Interdisciplinary Master programmes include the completion of an Applied Research Project (Capstone). These projects gives students the opportunity to collaborate with one of the Graduate Institute’s international partners in Geneva to conduct hands-on research. 

As part of the programmes, students also attend professional skills workshops, which are facilitated by industry experts. These workshops help students acquire or enhance the tools necessary for them to build a career in international affairs and/or development.

Examples of Research Topics and Completed Projects

Applied research projects are allocated to specialisation tracks and academic supervisors :

  • IOM – Livelihoods in protracted displacement: what really works?

  • Terre des Hommes – Situational analysis of child begging in Senegal, focusing on Talibé children

  • GCERF – Preventing Violent Extremism and Humanitarian Action: synergies, tensions and a space for action

  • WILPF – Gendered impact of artisanal and small scale mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • WFP – How has collective response contributed towards averting famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-eastern Nigeria?

  • Oxfam UK – Sustainable subsidies for water and sanitation in the developing world

  • OHCHR – The role of armed forces in transitions: promoting or abusing human rights

  • DCAF – Establishing the nexus between conflict prevention and security sector reform

  • UNCTAD – Selected impacts of digital technologies on LDC manufacturing

  • OECD – Leveraging more from the Digital Economy in Developing Countries

  • MERCK – Research on the global discourse on access/ global health and supply chain & delivery challenges

  • WEF – Higher Education on the Spot: MOOC opportunities for Developing Countries