The Rhodes Center strives to be an intellectual hub for international economics and finance at Brown. The Center has several resources at its disposal to achieve this aim. The Center actively accepts applications for research funds, and much of the research it has sponsored in the past has resulted in publications at top academic journals. 

 The Center's physical home, which occupies the first floor of the 70 Waterman St. building, offers meeting spaces for faculty to discuss ideas. The building features a lounge and offices for graduate students. The lounge is a large open area with comfortable chairs and a conference table. The purpose of the lounge is to stimulate discussion and collaboration by providing a space for researchers to interact casually.