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Polson Institute for Global Development

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The Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development supports a range of conceptual, policy-focused, and programmatic work. We facilitate innovative research, outreach, and instruction on campus and beyond. 

Catalyzing both theoretical and applied social science research, our projects address issues ranging from economic inequality to discursive politics, contributing to Cornell’s leadership in global development. 

Established in 2001 within the Department of Development Sociology, the Polson Institute has enhanced and extended the efforts of the department members, creating space for collaboration within and between Development Sociology, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Cornell University community. Through seminars, workshops, and grants we not only plant seeds for research and academic collaboration, but contribute to educational opportunities for students outside of the classroom.

Banner image courtesy of David Sasaki on Flickr.

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Apr 20
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8:30 am

Global Africa and Ethnographies of Interconnection: A writing workshop for graduate students

organizers: Ewan Robinson and Janet Smith...
Location:
Mann Library 100
Event type:
Conference/Workshop
Apr 21
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8:30 am

Global Africa and Ethnographies of Interconnection: A writing workshop for graduate students

organizers: Ewan Robinson and Janet Smith...
Location:
Mann Library 100
Event type:
Conference/Workshop
May 11
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8:30 am

Bridging Science and Policy in the Sustainable Development Era - The 2018 Polson Institute 'Future of Development' Symposium

Note - Seating is limited so please register ahead of time at https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dhsLbTyRYk0rlhb. ...
Location:
Klarman Hall
Event type:
Panel Discussion

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Changing the World, One Website at a Time

Aug 22, 2017
by Mark R. Rank | Context, August 2, 2017.  This article focuses on the work of the website, https:///confrontingpoverty.org/ created by Development Sociology Professor Tom Hirschl with support from the Polson Institute for Global Development.

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Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable & Just Local Food System, Farm to Plate Conference

May 11, 2017
May 11th - 13th 2017, Ithaca, NY
Featuring:
Workshops and paper sessions, local strategy sessions, farm tours, cooking demonstrations, keynote speakers and more!
Keynote Speakers include:MALIK YAKINI, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Food Security Coalition
RAJ PATEL, Writer, Activist and Research ProfessorLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas,
KAREN WASHINGTONRise and Root Farm
ERNESTO MENDEZAssociate Professor of Agroecology & Environmental Studies, UVM & Project G.I.V.E
RAFA APONTE, owner of Rocky Acres Community Farm
HANNAH WITTMANAcademic Director, Center for Sustainable Food Systems, UBC
JAMILA SIMONNYS 4-H Citizenship & Civic Engagement Specialist
THOR OECHSNER, Organic grain farmer, Oechsner Farm, Co-Owner, Farmer Ground Flour

Organized by Roots Rising Farm, Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, and
the Food, Agroecology, Justice and Wellbeing Collective at Cornell
Learn More at: groundswellcenter.org/farm-to-plate-conference
The Farm to Plate Conference is generously funded by: Engaged Cornell, Polson Institute for Global Development, Einaudi Center for International Studies, Park Foundation, the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences and a Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-Grant Read more

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

Apr 13, 2017
The recent shift towards right-wing conservatism in several countries in Latin America has generated a pessimistic future for populist and leftist political parties and movements in the region. Nowhere are these discussions about the future of the “new left” more prevalent than in Peru, where former left-leaning presidential candidate Verónika Mendoza and the Frente Amplio movement gained rapid popularity and received nearly twenty-percent of the electoral votes in the 2016 elections. In a country that hasn’t experienced a Left in decades, Verónika Mendoza’s close victory and advocacy for progressive causes, such as the protection of the environment and the defense of women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, has inspired a new generation of hope for upcoming grassroots political leaders in the region. Read more