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Polson Institute for Global Development

 

The Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development was established in 2001 as a research and outreach institute within the Department of Development Sociology of Cornell University.

The Polson Institute for Global Development promotes theoretical and applied research activities related to global development. The goal of these activities is to enhance and extend the intellectual work and exchange among members of the Development Sociology Department, and between the Department and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and other colleges and programs of Cornell University, as well as off-campus development institutes and organizations. The activities of the Polson Institute also include instruction, outreach and interaction with other institutes and programs in the field of development, as well as special lectures, workshops, and seminars. 

In September 2001, Professor David Brown was officially inaugurated as the Director of the Institute. Professor Douglas Gurak became Director in January 2006; and Professor Shelley Feldman became Director in June 2012. Associate Professor Lori Leonard became Director in March 2016.

The activities of the Polson Institute include research, instruction, outreach and interaction with other institutes and programs in the field of development, as well as special lectures, workshops, seminars and working paper series.

Banner image courtesy of David Sasaki on Flickr.

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Polson Institute Steering Committee Meeting with DSOC Grads

Sep 9 | 1:30 pm

The Polson Institute Steering Committee will hold a special meeting with Development Sociology graduate students on Friday, September 9 at 1:30 to 2:30 in B73 Warren, to discuss funding...

Location: Warren Hall | Event type: Meeting

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Call for Proposals - Polson Small Grants Program

Published: 
Aug 9, 2016
The Polson Institute small grant program is designed to support activities in the field of development at different spatial scales, as well as special lectures, workshops and seminars The deadline for applications for the Polson Institute's Fall 2016 Small Grant is October 1, 2016, with awards announced by November 1, 2016.  Find more information and the Proposal Form on our Call for Proposals page.

Call for Proposals - Research Working Group Grants

Published: 
Aug 8, 2016
Faculty, senior associates, and graduate students are encouraged to form Research Working Groups in areas of mutual scholarly interest. Research Working Groups involve collaborations among Development Sociology faculty and graduate students, faculty and graduate students in other departments at Cornell, and scholars and development practitioners throughout the world. The deadline for applications for Fall 2016 is October 1, 2016, with awards announced November 1, 2016.  Find more information on Research Working Groups and the application process on our Research Working Groups page.

Land Grabbing as a Project of Subject Formation

Published: 
May 11, 2015
Presenters: Shelley Feldman (Cornell University); Alia Gana (Research Institute of Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC), Tunis; Natalia Gutkowski (UC, Santa Cruz); Mustafa Koc (Ryerson University, Canada; Louise Silberling, Cornell University. Read more