Academic research centers at Duke Kunshan University will provide space and resources for students, faculty and practitioners to undertake research projects reaching beyond the boundaries of typical academic departments and outcomes. Research centers will encourage interdisciplinary inquiry and engagement with findings intended to influence the current and future practice of business, medicine, health policy, and other fields.
The Global Health Research Center, the first research center on the campus of Duke Kunshan University, was established in collabration with the Duke Global Health Institute to address health issues in China and the region. The Global Health Research Center has built a program closely tied to the health needs of the Chinese population and focus its research efforts in at least three areas: chronic disease; environmental health; and health policy and systems.
The Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University is an independent research institution that integrates research and educational programs on environmental science and policy. The research center facilitates research to address the pressing environmental challenges in China, to create synergies with the international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program, and to build a flexible, interdisciplinary program supporting both social and natural science research.
The Center for the Study of Contemporary China is the institutional and intellectual home for focused scholarly engagement with contemporary China at Duke Kunshan University. The center seeks to advance world-class research and teaching on society, politics, and the economy of contemporary China at Duke Kunshan—and, in so doing, to contribute to the international reputation of a unique global liberal arts university.
The Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Duke Kunshan University promotes research and creative expression in the arts and humanities, and encourages interdisciplinary efforts. Working in close partnership with Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute, the HRC functions as a key research bridge between faculty and students at Duke and Duke Kunshan. In addition, the HRC facilitates co-curricular research training, treating the entire Duke Kunshan campus as a laboratory for humanities research.
Regional Ozone Sino-US Collaborative Research Center is China's first institute for ozone pollution research. The center's research focuses on sources of ozone in Jiangsu province and the delta region of Yangtze river, regional transmission, and the effect of ozone on human health. Top researchers from Duke University, Duke Kunshan University and Peking University cooperate with officials and scientific research personnel of Jiangsu province for the innovative research in this field.