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Recommended Research Directions

Here's a complete list of the research directions we currently recommend, along with the disciplines each profile is tailored to. If you get interested in a direction but you specialise in a discipline other than the ones listed and still think you can make good progress, we'd encourage you to explore it.

Please contact us if you would like to suggest any profiles we don't currently feature, and if you can suggest academics who could potentially supervise students interested in any of these research areas, please let us know.

Existential and catastrophic risk


AI safety


Animal welfare and sentience

Understanding progress and change

Global health and wellbeing

Understanding and improving decision-making processes