A community discussion in West Java, Indonesia

People looking at an instructor in an outdoor classroom

Undergraduate students in DSOC 3050 - Education, Inequality, and Development

Three students in a lecture hall

Traditional farming techniques in Pakistan

Rural farm fields and village buildings, with mountains in the background

A graduate student and research assistants in Uganda

People standing in front of a bus


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We conduct theoretical and applied research, teaching, and outreach on the causes, dynamics, and consequences of social, cultural, political and economic change.

The department offers degree programs for undergraduate and graduate studies. The department also houses several outreach and extension programs and institutes that link the department to the Cornell community and off-campus organizations engaged in rural, community and international development. Learn more


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Farming for Change: Research with Malawi Farmers on Agroecology and Nutrition

Rachel Bezner Kerr
Rachel Bezner Kerr
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm
Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court Street, Cortland NY
Free Admission
The challenges and successes of participatory research with farmers in Malawi experimenting with sustainable agriculture methods and educational activities to improve food availability, nutrition and ensure healthy soils. Read more

PBS “Connect: NY – Poverty on the Edge”

David Kay, Sr. Extension Associate, CaRDI
CaRDI's David Kay was one of five panelists in this episode which aired on April 17, 2017. It is the 4th installment of 6 one-hour programs on poverty airing on PBS stations around the state. Website access is available at http://video.wcny.org/show/connect-ny. "The Connect: NY team traveled to rural Oswego County where we met some long-time residents - some of whom blame their economic problems not on what lies within, but what lies outside their control, namely state taxes, state laws and state mandates. . . . "   Read more

Left-wing Politics and Women's Leadership in Latin America

Veronika Mendoza, Peruvian 2016 Presidential candidate
April 13, 5:00 p.m.
148 Stocking Hall
To be held in Spanish and English
Se realizará en español e inglés