A community discussion in West Java, Indonesia

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

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Traditional farming techniques in Pakistan

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

A graduate student and research assistants in Uganda

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Grad students - Last chance to apply for the Integrated Land Management Internship!

Mar 14, 2018
[Deadline Extended] Do you work on a topic related to the land – such as agriculture, colonial plant science, biodiversity conservation, water resource management, agroecology, infrastructure, urban planning, property relations, energy or natural resource extraction? Cornell’s initiative in Integrated Land Management is offering a weeklong workshop and an internship program to help Cornell graduate students build these skills. Read more