Collaboration serves as the linchpin for progress and innovation in not only the academic community but also in nearly every facet of societal advancement today. It is a force that propels scholars beyond the boundaries of their individual expertise, igniting fresh insights and innovative solutions.
“Collaboration brings a tapestry of fresh perspectives and places those innovative solutions at the forefront.”Professor Giovanni Peri.
Giovanni Peri, a professor of economics at the University of California, Davis, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, is celebrated for his groundbreaking work on immigration and labor markets and exemplifies the power of collaboration in the academic landscape.
Recently, Peri served as a guest speaker for a recent Institute for Humane Studies’ Academic Research Symposium on Covid Immigration. At the symposium, Peri shared his research and insights into the rapid transformations witnessed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with a diverse group of scholars. As Peri noted, “COVID-19 acted as a powerful accelerator, a whirlwind of change, propelling trends that were already underway.”
Peri believes that “the best ideas” emerge from academic conferences like this one, where scholars can combine skills, expertise, and ideas from a wide array of their peers, and experts across academic disciplines.
To stay ahead of that whirlwind of change, Peri’s research focuses on putting the ‘best ideas’ into practice, and underscoring the importance of timely and relevant research. “Academics now bear the responsibility of producing insights and analyses in real-time to address these rapidly unfolding developments,” professor Peri said.
The need for this timely research is defined by an era of advancements, and in the face of these transformations, collaboration has become indispensable. “Through collaboration and the adept use of data and technology, scholars can continue to make meaningful contributions, even in this era of rapid change,” professor Peri said.
Reflecting on his own career, Peri illustrates the role that academic conferences, like the IHS academic research symposium, play in fostering collaboration. “Many of my most enduring collaborations began as serendipitous encounters at such gatherings,” Peri states. “These interactions exemplify the intrinsic value of IHS’s academic conferences in forging connections and advancing research.”
The pursuit of knowledge remains steadfast, and collaboration serves as the driving force behind academia. This force is propelled by the dedication of scholars like Peri, and their continued scholarly collaboration.