The central goal of the Arrighi Center is to meet the urgent demand for the production and dissemination of new knowledge about contemporary processes of globalization. Research Working Groups (RWGs) are central in this process of knowledge production and dissemination.

Research Working Groups are clusters of faculty, students, visiting scholars and scholars in the region who come together around a shared research interest relevant to the mission of the Center. Research groups may (a) develop a single collective research projects leading to joint outputs or (b) bring together researchers with separate but related research agendas who find it beneficial to systematically share the results of their individual research. Currently, there are three ongoing Research Working Groups sponsored by the Center (1) The Global Social Protest Research Working Group, (2) The Global Inequality and Development Research Working Group, and (3) The Global Urban Governance Research Working Group.  Additional groups will be formed on themes related to the Center whenever a critical mass of participants emerges.