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Research and Impact

Here, the world’s leading researchers in education, learning sciences, psychology, economics, policy studies, and related fields work with some of the finest students at Northwestern to understand and improve lives.

Life-Changing Partnerships and Discoveries

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Our Impact

Working alongside our communities in Evanston and the greater Chicago area is central to SESP’s mission. The daunting challenges we encounter today with respect to education and human development play out in the families, schools, and neighborhoods that are, in effect, right next door.  SESP prides itself in its productive collaborations with local school districts, museums, and community organizations.  

Explore Our Partnerships 

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Our Research

To take on the world’s most intractable social problems, we consider everything from the biology of human stress to the design of educational software to the intricate dynamics that shape culture, politics, and the economy.  SESP faculty and students draw upon cutting-edge theory from many different disciplines and the most innovative research methods to solve problems and help humans flourish.

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Community Education Partnerships


OCEP works to bridge the research, practice, and service missions of SESP and Northwestern University to create initiatives and partnerships that positively impact our home communities of Evanston and Chicago, but that can be shared and scaled far beyond.

Office of Community Education Partnerships

Affiliated Centers