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The Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University 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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Teaching practicum planned for Rural Humanities Initiative

Feb 6, 2019

A new Rural Humanities scholarly initiative, funded for four years by a million-dollar grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will leverage Cornell’s position in central New York to reinvigorate thinking about – and active engagement with – rural communities and landscapes. Scott Peters of Development Sociology will co-teach the practicum with Debra Castillo and Gerald Aching. Read more

LEAD NY Advances Team Building Around the World

Jan 25, 2019

Effective, well-functioning teams don’t come together by happenstance – just ask team-building expert Larry Van De Valk, senior extension associate in the Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read more