Research at Berkeley is undertaken within several types of organizations—academic departments, institutes and centers, museums, and field stations.

  • Academic departments offer courses and grant degrees, as well as sometimes housing laboratories and other research infrastructure. They are organized according to academic disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Economics, Physics).
  • Research Centers and Institutes, sometimes referred to as Organized Research Units (ORUs), are organized around broad substantive research topics (e.g. international affairs, information technology, the environment). As such, they draw into their research programs faculty and students from multiple departments and disciplines. Berkeley has more than 100 such research units.
  • Museums also serve as important research sites on the campus. Berkeley has eight museums with strong collections in a variety of fields, including anthropology, paleontology and entomology.
  • In addition, Berkeley manages a number of biological field stations. Most are in remote locations within California ideal for the study of ecosystems, botany, zoology, and forestry.

For information about research activities within an academic department, go directly to that department's webpage from this list of departments. For information regarding institutes, centers, museums, and field stations, use the drop down lists below to filter by field of research and type of research unit. A list for research centers and institutes by subject area is available here.

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Research Unit Director Email Telephone
Dado and Maria Banatao GLOBE Center for Global Learning and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering (GLOBE) Anthony St. George (510) 642-9769
Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Alan Tansman (510) 643-4311
Emma Goldman Papers Project Candace Falk (510) 642-0658
Energy Biosciences Institute Chris Somerville (510) 643-6788
Energy Institute at Haas Lucas Davis (510) 642-9590
Essig Museum of Entomology Kipling Will (510) 642-4296
Field Station for the Study of Behavior, Ecology and Reproduction George Bentley (510) 642-1530
Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Ken Rosen (510) 643-6105
Functional Genomics Laboratory John Ngai, (510) 642-9885
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society john powell (510) 642-3342
Hans Jenny Pygmy Forest Reserve Ronald G. Amundson (510) 643-7890
Hastings Natural History Reservation Eileen Lacey (510) 643-0284
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute Ehud Isacoff (510) 642-9853
Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases Jeff Cox (510) 664-7206
Human Rights Center Eric Stover (510) 642-0965
i4Energy David Culler (510) 643-7572
Institute for Business Innovation Richard Lyons (510) 643-2027
Institute for Legal Research Harry Scheiber (510) 643-9788
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Jesse Rothstein (510) 643-8140
Institute for South Asia Studies Lawrence Cohen (510) 642-3608