Our Themes

The Santiago Center’s activities focus on topics that have a concrete and long-term impact in Chile as it seeks to introduce new issues and discussions into the public policy agenda. These include diversity and inclusion, population aging, renewable energies, e-policy and business ethics. The novelty of these topics helps the Center compete with the increasing number of conferences and public events offered by other institutions.

Given Chile’s privileged position as a natural laboratory for work in fields such as climate studies, volcanology, glaciology and seismology, the Center has placed special emphasis on the earth sciences in collaboration with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO).

Another area on which the Center has focused is architecture where it has a strong local team of alumni from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) that has created a Santiago Research Cell. With the Center’s collaboration and support, it has organized a number of events, exhibitions and faculty visits around themes such as the cities of the future, post-earthquake reconstruction and the use of water in public spaces.