About the Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute seeks to intersect innovative research with practical application to counter the effects of local and global poverty through regenerative development. 

The Institute holds a unique advantage as an action-oriented group in a theory-oriented environment. It draws members and practices from both the professional and academic sectors to propose and test well-researched and contextualized solutions to problems faced by impoverished communities. It strives to promote dignity-based disruption, tackling systems at the community level, and encourages solutions that promote local resilience to improve quality of life. 

The Institute was founded in 2009 by Hunter and Stephanie Hunt to solve the most pressing problems of humanity. Today, the Institute continues to focus on specific issues that improve quality of life. Through its collaborative projects, the Institute seeks to: 

  • Improve the standard of living of the world’s impoverished communities
  • Foster market-based mechanisms that create sustainable livelihood opportunities
  • Serve as convening platform for business, academic, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and a national and international hub for relevant programs

Through local and global projects, the Hunt Institute develops, pilots, and scales solutions that counter the effects of poverty through regenerative development. We aim for these projects to be applicable in both urban and rural environments in order to enable inclusive economic development for all members of society. 

By engaging at the community level, our interdisciplinary teams seek to connect with a deeper understanding of the nuances of local context. The Institute grounds its research in the realities of our partner communities prior to working on a solution, and tests those solutions through prototypes and projects. The Institute's projects focus on three areas; resilient infrastructure, sustainable food systems, and an inclusive economy. 

RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: The Institute relies on infrastructural projects as its agents for change within a particular community. By pursuing disruptive solutions in the areas of housing, hygiene, transportation, and energy use, the Institute works to better address humanity's most basic needs. 

SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS: Globally, agriculture is the primary source of income for impoverished communities. The Institute’s Food Systems projects gather best practices and prototype ideas that make sustainable agriculture more accessible to all members within a community. Currently, the Institute is exploring ways to maximize productivity and minimize cost of urban agricultural practices. 

INCLUSIVE ECONOMY: The Inclusive Economy Consortium fosters collaboration, education and innovation to help businesses and social entrepreneurs access opportunities and create shared value. It gathers stakeholders that promote biodiversity and ecosystem services, sustainable production and consumption, inclusive economic growth, and human dignity.