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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

Socio-Technical Transitions: A Framework for Sustainability

Sep 8 | 11:30 am

Sponsored by the Polson Institute for Global Development, The Community and Regional Development Institute, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future....

Location: Mann Library | Event type: Seminar

Socio-Technical Transitions: A Framework for Sustainability - Part II

Sep 8 | 3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Polson Institute for Global Development, The Community and Regional Development Institute, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future....

Location: Mann Library | Event type: Seminar

Is US Higher Education Losing Its Way?

Sep 11 | 12:00 pm

Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) Roundtable Discussion. Co-sponsored by the Polson Institute for Global Development...

Location: Martha Van Rensselaer Hall | Event type: Roundtable

Latest News and Events from the Polson Institute

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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

ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium
Published: 
Nov 8, 2013
Agrarian Violence Within Brazil Since the Redemocratization -- Artur Zimerman, Visiting Scholar from Federal University of ABC Region, Brazil. A paper addressing violence stemming from land disputes in Brazil after 1985 will be discussed. Read more

ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium
Published: 
Nov 1, 2013
Anti-Biotech Movements in the European Union – A Talk Given by Franz Seifert, University of Vienna Austria. This event is cosponsored by the Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell Institute for European Studies, Development Sociology and the Polson Institute for Global Development. Read more

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