The main 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 are central to 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. Some research groups develop a single collective research project leading to joint outputs. Others 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:

Additional groups may be formed on themes related to the center whenever a critical mass of participants emerges.