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Polson Institute for Global Development

The Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development was established in 2001 to serve as a hub for interdisciplinary scholarship and exchange around development issues at Cornell University. Through workshops, seminars, sponsored lectures, working groups, research fellowships, and its small grants program, the Polson Institute has supported scholarly engagement with critical development issues, such as those related to social mobilization, environmental degradation, security and militarization, migration and demographic change, social inequality and exclusion, and gender. We invite you to explore the resources and programming that we have to offer, and to engage with us in a spirited and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary development issues and dilemmas.

Upcoming Seminars and Events

The Hieroglyphic of the World Economy

Apr 27 | 3:00 pm

The world economy today appears to defy unified description, let alone explanation. Sustained slow-down in the global North; surging growth in emerging Asia; stalled or even negative development in...

Location: Warren Hall | Event type: Seminar

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Social & Economic Transformations Affecting Rural People and Communities in Central & Eastern Europe Since 1990

Published: 
Dec 19, 2014
EDITED BY
Barbora Babjaková, Anna Bandlerová, David L. Brown, Andrzej Kaleta, Laszlo J. Kulcsar, Joachim Singelmann Proceedings of Research Conference
Organized by:
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra – Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development, Slovakia, Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun, Poland & the Polson Institute for Global Development at Cornell University, USA
In Nitra – Slovakia, September 2–3, 2013     Read more

Rural Sociology special issue features work of Polson Institute group

Published: 
Nov 19, 2013
A forthcoming special issue of Rural Sociology dedicated to "new enclosures" of land is available on-line. Guest editors are Charles Geisler and Fouad Makki and it includes articles from DSOC faculty Geisler, Makki, and Phil McMichael. The special issue is the product of a Polson Institute-sponsored Research Working Group on New Enclosures, started in 2011. Read more

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