During academic years 2010-11 and 2011-12, the inaugural theme of the GRI has been “Globalization, the Economic Crisis, and the Future of North Carolina,” focusing on the future of the state of North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on the development of innovative new strategies for rebuilding and renewing the state’s economy.

Few states have been affected so profoundly by the current episode of globalization as has North Carolina, and the GRI is committed to helping the state to meet the economic and social challenges and to seize the opportunities associated with globalization.  UNC has considerable faculty expertise to bring to bear on such matters—economic development, migration and immigration, public health, and environmental studies are among the University’s strongest fields—and such expertise is spread all over campus.  The GRI has brought together a team of outstanding scholars and thought leaders from around the region, the nation, and the world to work (along with UNC faculty and students) on solutions to the serious economic and social problems the people of North Carolina currently face.

From left to right: Peter Coclanis, Holden Thorp, Larry Summers, Erskine Bowles, and William B. Harrsion