One definition of global priorities research is “research into issues that arise in response to the question, ‘What should we do with a given amount of limited resources if our aim is to do the most good?’” This can include finding and prioritising between different causes. It can also include macrostrategy or “foundational” research that’d inform cause prioritization in a less direct way (e.g., research into the Fermi paradox or whether we’re living at the hinge of history).
Duda, Roman (2016) Global priorities research, 80,000 Hours, April (updated July 2018).
Global Priorities Institute (2019) About us, Global Priorities Institute.
For an introduction to global priorities research, including discussion of its distinction from cause prioritization research, see O’Keeffe-O’Donovan, Rossa (2020) An introduction to global priorities research, Effective Altruism Student Summit 2020, October 25.
80,000 Hours (2021) Our current list of the most important world problems, 80,000 Hours.