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The former Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, now part of the Department of Global Development, is a global leader in purpose-driven social science. Our professors, researchers, and outreach specialists are committed to improving communities in New York State and around the world. We educate the next generation of change-makers and conduct research on diverse aspects of development, including governance, population dynamics, environmental change, and food systems.

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Steven Wolf

COVID-19 and medical professionals: lessons for agriculture

May 13, 2020

Steven Wolf draws parallels between health professionals’ engagement with this crisis and agriculture’s engagement with the ecological and social contradictions of conventional farming - climate, water, biodiversity, and the plight of many farm workers.

Duff accepts award

Bryan Duff receives Racker Community Partner Award

Oct 15, 2019

On Oct. 10, Bryan Duff, senior lecturer in the department of development sociology, received the Racker Community Partner Award for Tompkins County, which is given to someone in the community who works to improve the lives of people with disabilities.