A view of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. Photo by Pierre Terdjman.

A view of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. Photo by Pierre Terdjman.

Chair and Professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue introduces the 2018 Polson Institute Symposium. Photo by Patrick Shanahan

Chair and Professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue introduces the 2018 Polson Institute Symposium

Walking to school in Indonesia. Photo by Jenny Goldstein

Walking to school in Indonesia. Photo by Jenny Goldstein

The fruit of the lacquer tree, cultivated within upland forests in Yunnan Province, China. Photo by John Zinda

Graduate students test ideas at the 'Ethnographies of Interconnection' workshop, April 20. Photo by Christian Elliott

Katie Donnelly Moran ’18 speaks with fellow students at the Cornell Commitment poster session Sept. 27. Photo by Lindsay France/University Photography.

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The Cornell University department of Development Sociology is a global leader in purpose-driven social science. We are interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners driven to improve the well-being of communities and to teach the next generation of change-makers. We tackle issues of poverty and inequality across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and right here in New Yorkspearheading innovative research on populations, environmental change, and governance.

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Michael Lowy

Video - Michael Lowy on Marxism in the 21st century

Jul 18, 2018
In 2018, The Polson Institute visiting faculty program brought Michael Lowy, Emeritus Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), to teach a course on eco-socialism and the Anthropocene at Cornell. In this video, he comments on what it means to be a marxist in the 21st century. Read more

NY high schoolers dig into food security issues

Jul 8, 2018
The New York Youth Institute (NYYI) is an ambitious program that aims to build a core of young leaders to battle hunger around the world. This year discussions included Richard A. Ball, commissioner of agriculture at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; Ronnie Coffman, director of IP-CALS; and Max Pfeffer, CALS executive dean and professor of development sociology. Read more