A view of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. Photo by Ewan Robinson

A view of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. Photo by Ewan Robinson

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

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Collaboratory Shares Ideas on Food, Healing, Justice

Jun 15, 2018
The idea for the “collaboratory” was born when Cornell faculty members Rachel Bezner Kerr (development sociology), Neema Kudva (city and regional planning) and Stacey Langwick (anthropology) found themselves at a meeting in Mysore, India. Attendees also visited several projects in the Ithaca area, including Wellspring Forest Farm in Trumansburg, New York, the Ithaca Free Clinic, GreenStar Cooperative Market, Groundswell Incubator Farm, Youth Farm Project and the Ithaca Festival. Read more