The work in Global Collaboration is meant to provoke and encourage critical self-reflection on the role of ICT devices, creativity, development, research design, and sustainability. Researchers in Global Collaboration serve as interlocutors, challenging taken-for-granted epistemologies and offering alternative theoretical paradigms and methodological tools especially as related to the educational and research enterprise of a technically intensive institution. One thrust of Global Collaboration fosters the study of intellectual initiatives across broad spatial and temporal scales often considering diverse cultural contexts and contrasting historical legacies.  A second thrust provides a forum for studying the technologies that will ultimately support and enable collaborations across long distances.  These technologies include networks and all the related systems and device related issues.

Researchers in first thrust of Global Collaboration are charged with the mandate to apply the social sciences to situations in which design and technological development are mired in complex organizations composed of multiple disciplines with varying priorities and histories. The intention of this area within the DRT has always been not only to acknowledge the often-critical role that culture plays in technically intensive design situations but also to advance theory and methodologies that give rise to pathways for more inclusive, culturally resonant and ultimately more effective design efforts.  In addition, the work in Global Collaboration is closely tied to the educational mission of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at SUTD.